LIVERPOOL are in talks with Stoke about signing Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Switzerland star has a release clause of around £13.5million and the Potters are resigned to losing their talisman after relegation from the Prem.
PA:Empics Sport Stoke star man Xherdan Shaqiri has openly said he wants to stay in the Premier League and Liverpool have moved into pole position
Shaqiri, 26, is seen as a quality back-up to Kop boss Jurgen Klopp’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
The former Inter Milan and Bayern Munich player is desperate to stay in the top flight.
He said recently: “Of course, I would like to play on the biggest stage in football. Everybody knows that.”
Manchester United have also shown interest in the ex-Bayern Munich ace.
Getty Images – Getty Xherdan Shaqiri helped Switzerland to the World Cup last 16 before exiting to Sweden
PA:Empics Sport Stoke midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri could soon be celebrating a move to a Premier League giant
Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho has already signed one midfielder in Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, while Liverpool brought in fellow Brazilian Fabinho.
Shaqiri told Sky sports last week: “I want to stay in the Premier League, and you will find out my new club soon.”
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