Liverpool open official negotiations to land International No.23 forward

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Hull City at Bet365 Stadium on April 15, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Liverpool have begun formal talks with Stoke City over the transfer of Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri, according to reports.

The 26-year-old star has stated his desire to depart from his current club following their relegation from the Premier League the previous season.

Shaqiri has a buy-out clause in his contract which the Telegraph state is in excess of the £12m figure which has been widely reported.

The Reds have already spent heavily in the transfer window this summer in the shape of midfielders Fabinho, and Naby Keita and Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster his forward line with a mind to challenging for the Premier League trophy.

 

Klopp’s club reached the Champions League final last campaign but finished a far 25 points behind record breaking champions Manchester City.

The one-time Borussia Dortmund coach thought he was close to finalising the signing of Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir earlier this summer, only for the move to break down amidst concerns over the Frenchman’s fitness.

Xherdan Shaqiri was signed from the Serie A side Inter Milan by former Stoke City manager Mark Hughes for £12m in August 2015.