Another of Stoke's big stars thought to be heading towards the exit door is Switzerland playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri.
"It is no secret that I will leave the club", he told Aargauer Zeitung earlier last week.
"I really wanted to go in the summer and had offers from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid", he said in a 2016 interview, revisited by the Liverpool Echo.
"I want to work with players who want to be in a different league and understand the challenges of that league and understand the games and the frequency of the games and the types of games. And that's why I want to take the next step now". Shaqiri, also known as "Alpine Messi" will be a bargain buy in such an inflated market who is going to increase the depth significantly. Danger from set-pieces, creative, can be decisive in the final third.
It is believed that the player has a relegation release clause in his Stoke contract.
Former Switzerland worldwide and Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz has urged countryman Xherdan Shaqiri to move to Anfield.
Shaqiri, who has previously lined out for Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, reportedly has a release clause of just £12m, which is low-risk, potentially great value for an undoubtedly talented player who is still only 26-years-old.
While the world of football is mostly focusing on the world cup and worldwide matches, clubs are still in the spotlight thanks to their transfer actions and aspirations.
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