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Breaking! Liverpool’s top target set for a medical after club agrees fee

After booking services of Naby Keita and Fabinho, Liverpool reportedly has agreed on a fee for Xherden Shaqiri.

Liverpool, certainly, is ahead of any other Premier League sides in the transfer market as the Merseysiders already have clinched the signatures of highly rated midfield pair Naby Keita and Fabinho. And now, according to Telegraph Reds are reported to have agreed a transfer fee for Switzerland’s world cup hero, Xherden Shaqiri and the Swiss international is set to undergo medical on Friday.

Xherden Shaqiri is reported to undergo Liverpool medical on Friday

Discussions over a £13.75 million deal are progressing well according to the report, and Stoke City’s winger could land at the Anfield sooner rather than later.  Shaqiri has been strongly linked with the Red half of Merseyside for the past couple of months but rivals Manchester United were also keen to acquire the services of 26-year-old winger. But it seems as though Jurgen Klopp yet again has stolen a march on Liverpool’s rivals by completing a deal for the 26-year-old.

According to the Telegraph‘s John Percy, this has seen Liverpool convicted to complete the 26-year-old’s release clause, believed to be worth around £13.75 million.

Percy has claimed Xherden Shaqiri is now due for a Liverpool medical on Friday and provided there are no issues he will be unveiled as the Merseysiders’  new recruitment shortly.

Jurgen Klopp has identified the Switzerland winger as one who can inject pinch of quality and bolster his attacking options, while the presence of a release clause in Shaqiri’s contract makes a deal a financially attractive one. Following Stoke’s relegation to the Championship, the 26-year-old expressed a desire to remain in Premier League and recently stated it is “no secret” he will leave the bet365 Stadium.

Shaqiri would not be seen as someone to regularly feature in Reds starring XI but certainly gives Jurgen Klopp a variety of options in the front line. Adding the Switzerland international can provide much-needed cover for star forward Mohamed Salah in particular.

Shaqiri wears the No. 23 for Switzerland and could well adopt the number vacated by Emre Can on his new venture at Juventus.

Author’s Take:

With respect to Shquiri’s much cheaper  release clause and his vast experience of playing in different leagues, no doubt he could be the ideal acquisition for the Reds in many ways. He will certainly complement Reds’ sizzling forward line and could bring the firepower in Liverpool’s XI. Liverpool is taking significant steps to strengthen the squad comprehensively as the Premier League title challenge looks within the reach.

 

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