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Liverpool Agree Deal In Principle To Sell Title Winning Forward

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Liverpool Agree Deal In Principle To Sell Title Winning Forward

Swiss International Xherdan Shaqiri has moved one step closer to leaving Anfield after it was confirmed that a £9.5m bid has been accepted from Ligue 1 club Lyon.

The 29-year-old who has played his part - all be it as a fringe player - in helping Jurgen Klopp's men to a Premier League and Champions League title since joining the club from Stoke City in the summer of 2018.

He now moves to France still in the peak of his career and coming off the back of a solid European Championship tournament with Switzerland, where they reached the Quarter-Final.

Shaqiri in action during the European Championships this summer.
Shaqiri in action during the European Championships this summer.
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The deal status 'agreed in principle' comes after both clubs were locked in talks following Lyon's initial £4m bid and it is believed Shaqiri will sign for the Ligue 1 outfit once a medical has been completed.

Whilst he has shown his quality on Merseyside with memorable goals against Manchetser United and Everton, Shaquiri found it difficult to break into Klopp's starting line-up. This has been made further difficult with the arrival of Diogo Jota who has began this season on fire alongside Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.

Shaqiri's exploits at the Euro's saw him become one of just four players to have scored at the last four major tournaments, stretching back to the World Cup in 2014.

Liverpool will be pleased to complete the business if the move does go through, having spent £12m to bring him to Anfield. With Shaqiri entering the last year of his contract - they will measure his contribution - which also saw him help Liverpool win a European Super Cup, against what would be a £2.5m loss on transfer fee.

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Lyon, who believe the player who was played 400 times across his career which has included spells at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, will be excited by the project at the club and have released a statement on their official website to inform their supporters the news:

"Olympique Lyonnais is pleased to have finally reached an agreement in principle with Liverpool for the transfer of the Swiss international midfielder, Xherdan Shaqiri, who was a key figure for his country at this summer's European Championship. After intense negotiations with Liverpool, OL thanks the General Manager, Billy Hogan, and the Sporting Director, Michael Edwards, for their availability and for listening to the joint requests of Xherdan Shaqiri and Olympique Lyonnais."

Shaqiri has proved a good acquisition for Jurgen Klopp since signing in 2018.
Shaqiri has proved a good acquisition for Jurgen Klopp since signing in 2018.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Xherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool, Diogo Jota, Lyon, Switzerland

Alan Bond
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