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Liverpool linked with Shaqiri move after Stoke’s relegation

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, following Stoke City’s relegation from the Premier League.

The 26-year old has made it clear that he has no interest in playing in the Championship, but would “love to stay” in England, and his availability and affordability – he is thought to have a release clause in his contract, which is understood to be set at about £12m-£13.5m, which can be activated in the event Stoke lost their Premier League status – have alerted a host of clubs in Europe and the Premier League.

Already Tottenham, West Ham, and Southampton, currently managed by Mark Hughes, the man who signed him from Inter Milan in 2015, have expressed an interest, but now Liverpool, according to The Guardian are set to move to the top of the queue, as Jurgen Klopp looks to further strengthen his squad ahead of next season.

It is not the first time the player has been linked with a move to Anfield. Liverpool were close to signing Shaqiri from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2014 and were the player’s preferred option at the time. The winger, however, later claimed Bayern blocked his transfer to Anfield and, with his playing time at the Allianz Arena limited under Pep Guardiola, he joined Inter six months later.

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