Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri Is Available For A Cut-Price Deal
Any takers for Xherdan Shaqiri?
Stoke City suffered relegation to the Championship following defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday. It brings an end to their 10-year spell in England's top flight.
Naturally, Stoke will brace themselves for a fire sale with their star players likely to secure a move away from the Bet365 Stadium.
We're talking Jack Butland, Joe Allen, not to mention Shaqiri.
Butland is attracting plenty of interest with the likes of Liverpool and newly-promoted Wolves eyeing up his goalkeeping services. Allen is also subject to intense speculation.
And, of course, there's Stoke's Switzerland ace.
While he netted a superb free-kick against Palace, his brilliant effort was, ultimately, in vain.
A day removed from Stoke's return to the second tier, reports have emerged of Shaqiri's contract. In particular his measly release clause following relegation.
Per Swiss outlet Blick via Liverpool Echo, the attacking midfielder is reportedly available for just £12 million.
Shaqiri transferred to Stoke in 2015 from Inter Milan, and has spent three seasons with the Potters.
He's weighed in with 10 Premier League goals this season, his best return for the club.
Shaqiri's career in reverse is brilliant. Establishes Stoke as a mid table side, gets noticed after scoring the goal of the tournament at Euro 2016, spends a season at Inter before joining Bayern Munich, where he wins the treble, then ends his career with his hometown club Basel.
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Shaqiri, a regular international, has also plied for Bayern Munich, and is still 26-years-old, making him a potentially desirable transfer once the summer market reopens.
Further claims suggest Everton are keeping tabs on him ahead of tabling a bid.
He'll bolster their midfield options which includes the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies, among others.
As well as Everton, West Ham and Serie A oufit AS Roma are also believed to be keen on Shaqiri.