However, after the Welshman revealed that the fight could be staged in Germany, where Krasniqi is based, he has admitted that he would have to be aggressive from the first bell.
Cleverly told reporters: "I think if the fight is in Germany, where it is notorious that the fighters get home decisions, I feel I'll really have to go out there and perform and put this guy to the sword.
"I've got to perform and impress against this guy and that's going to set up the rest of 2013 then for the big unification fights. Everything will fall into place after this fight.
"If it all goes well with the Krasniqi fight, Shumenov is definitely in my sights and I would definitely like to fight the winner of Hopkins and Tavoris Cloud."
Cleverly is currently unbeaten in 25 professional fights.