Xherdan Shaqiri is set to become Jürgen Klopp’s third signing of the summer as Liverpool are reported to have met the Swiss attacker’s release clause.
The Telegraph‘s John Percy was the first to break the news late Thursday night that the Red’s have agreed to pay the bargain £13.75m fee required to bring the pacy winger to Anfield. A medical has booked for Friday after which the 26-year-old will be formally revealed.
The signing that represents the depth recruitment along the attacking band Michael Edwards and the recruitment team will have been hoping for as Liverpool look to bolster the options behind the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane for the upcoming season.
For Shaqiri, the move is a chance to kickstart a once promising career that has seen him stall at Bayern Munich and Inter Milan before suffering relegation with Stoke City last term. With eight goals and seven assists in the 2017-18 season as well as a goal and an assist in leading Switzerland to the World Cup round of 16, the man known as the Magical Dwarf represents a smart, affordable Premier League-proven addition that will bolster Klopp’s options going into the new season.
The signing together with the arrivals of Fabinho and Naby Keita takes Liverpool’s summer spending over the £100m mark although that should not preclude a revival of a deal for Lyon’s Nabil Fekir following the end of the World Cup on Sunday.
Watch this space.