Liverpool are confident of making Xherdan Shaqiri their third summer signing after opening transfer talks with Stoke City over the Switzerland global.
Stoke are open to offers following their relegation from the Premier League, with Shaqiri unlikely to stick around at a Championship club. The Reds are one of a number of clubs to approach Stoke City, but there is little room or need for negotiations as he has a release clause of just over £13million.
A move to Anfield would make Shaqiri the Reds' third signing of the summer following the arrival of midfielders Fabinho and Isaac Christie-Davies.
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Former Stoke boss Mark Hughes signed Shaqiri from Inter Milan in August 2015 for £12million.
The 26-year-old scored against Serbia at the World Cup as Switzerland reached the last 16, where they lost to Sweden.
"With talks set to be had, and floods of bets on him making the switch, we've suspended the betting and believe it's a matter of time until he's announced as a Liverpool player". Liverpool saw a deal for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir break down due to a medical issue last month, but serious alternatives are yet to emerge amid claims from the player's agent that the move remains on the table.
Barnsey too is excited at the idea, calling it an "excellent" signing for the club.