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Liverpool 'begin Xherdan Shaqiri negotiations'

Liverpool 'begin Shaqiri negotiations'
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Liverpool reportedly begin official talks with Stoke City over a move for Switzerland international midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.

Liverpool have reportedly opened talks with Stoke City over a deal to sign Xherdan Shaqiri this summer.

Shaqiri has made no secret of his desire to leave the Potters following their relegation from the Premier League, with Liverpool quickly emerging as the favourites for his signature.

The Telegraph reports that the Reds have now begun official negotiations over a move and plan to trigger the 26-year-old's release clause, which is understood to be more than £13m.

The exact details of Shaqiri's release clause are unknown, but the Switzerland international will be available at a cut price and Jurgen Klopp has identified him as one of his main transfer targets this summer.

The Anfield outfit have held a long-standing interest in Shaqiri, having initially been linked with him when he left Inter Milan to join Stoke in August 2015.

The attacker, who was part of Switzerland's squad at the World Cup, could become Liverpool's third signing of the summer after Fabinho and Naby Keita.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
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2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
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9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
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12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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