Stoke City are reported to be in talks with Liverpool over the sale of World Cup winger Xherdan Shaqiri.
According to the Telegraph, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is ready to trigger Shaqiri’s relegation release clause, which is thought to be around £13.5m.
It is understood Stoke are keen to try to negotiate the loan of a Liverpool player in addition to Shaqiri’s fee in a bid to make the cut-price deal more lucrative.
Liverpool’s move for the Swiss international has been one of the worst-kept secrets of the summer, but the Telegraph’s John Percy reports that negotiations have only just begun.
He adds: “Shaqiri does have a release clause, but the exact details are unknown at this stage, although the fee is believed to be higher than the widely reported £12m.”
Shaqiri confirmed last month that he intended to quit the club following their relegation from the Premier League, despite his contract still having two more years to run.
His performances for Switzerland at the World Cup in Russia enhanced his value, but a relegation release clause in his Stoke deal meant the club were unable to cash in on arguably their most saleable asset.
Stoke are in the hunt for two wingers themselves following the sale of Ramadan Sobhi to Huddersfield and Shaqiri’s predicted departure, with West Brom’s James McClean and Newcastle’s Matt Ritchie their prefered targets.
McClean could become a Stoke player this week following his no-show for a West Brom training camp, but a deal for Ritchie is taking longer to pin down. It is understood Newcastle will only consider selling the Scotland international when they have recruited a quality replacement.
Liverpool are also reported to be trying to sign Polish World Cup star Grzegorz Krychowiak.
THe 28-year-old PSG midfielder spent last season on loan at relegated West Brom.
According to the Sun, Reds boss Klopp wants to bring Krychowiak to England permanently to strengthen his midfield following Emre Can’s departure for Juventus.
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They add: “Much will depend on how new Paris Saint-Germain chief Thomas Tuchel sees Krychowiak fitting into his own plans, after replacing Unai Emery at the French champions.
“Emery paid £24m to sign Krychowiak from Sevilla two years ago, but the midfielder then accused Arsenal’s new gaffer of deceiving him as he hardly got a chance.”
Elsewhere, Southampton have completed the signing of Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn and are now closing in on a deal for Danish defender Jannik Vestergaard.
England under-21 international Gunn completed his move yesterday for a fee of around £10m, while Saints hope to have sealed Vestergaard’s arrival from Borussia Monchengladbach by the start of next week, according to Sky Sports News. The fee for the 25-year is put at £18m.
Sky add: “Vestergaard made 32 league appearances for Monchengladbach last season as they finished ninth in the Bundesliga, and has spent his entire career in the German top flight following previous spells with Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim.”
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