Stoke City confirm interest in Xherdan Shaqiri

Shaqiri has been linked with both Liverpool and Inter Milan as it appears he has no future at Bayern Munich, now Stoke City have emerged as a potential destination for the Swiss star.

Stoke City are the latest club to throw their hat into the ring when it comes to signing Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich according to the Stoke Sentinel, with it being widely reported that Potters' assistant Mark Bowen has said he is on their radar.

Bowen said: "There are other clubs interested, but it doesn't mean we rule ourselves out. He's definitely on the list, but there is competition for a player of his ability.

"It's bound to help and it does help. There's many boxes to tick, not least the financial side of it, and with Shaqiri coming from one of the best clubs in the world, there's a lot of persuasion to get it done."

Shaqiri has been linked with Liverpool ever since the summer, and those links re-emerged again during the early stages of this transfer window, while Inter Milan have been pursuing the Swiss international.

But the Potters interest will perhaps be a surprise, but they have shown already this season they have the knack of attracting a promising talent from of the European giants when the managed to secure the services of Bojan in the summer from Barcelona.

Inter want to sign the 23-year-old on loan with an option to buy, while it appears the Reds are trying to strike a deal for him to head to Anfield in the summer, with some reports suggesting they are prepared for him to head to Italy for the rest of the season before linking up with the club in the summer. 

Stoke fans have every reason to be excited by the club targeting exciting players from the bigger clubs, but the difference in spending power could prove to be their downfall in this case. Would they have to sacrifice players at the club in order to secure Shaqiri's signature? That remains to be seen if they firm up their interest with an offer to the Bundesliga Champions.

This looks as though this particular transfer story has a while to run yet.

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