As it stands, Liverpool’s pursuit of Lyon’s Nabil Fekir has ended unsuccessfully, but Maddock claims Shaqiri is NOT considered an alternative to Fekir, but rather a move to bolster the attacking options with a winger possessing pace, skills on the ball and an eye for a goal. The fact that Shaqiri was linked with Liverpool even while the Fekir deal seemed imminent supports that theory.
Maddock also claims that the Swiss international is keen on a move to Anfield, but there seems to be some kind of a confusion regarding the reported £12million relegation release clause the Reds believe his Stoke contract contains. Liverpool aren’t likely to pay much above that amount, as manager Jürgen Klopp sees him as a squad-depth addition, rather than a marquee signing.
The Reds are expected to cease all transfer activity for a few weeks, but the deal is set to be negotiated upon Switzerland’s exit from the World Cup.
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