Stoke have reportedly made a formal move to sign Xherdan Shaqiri.
Then with Bayern Munich, nothing came of that interest in Shaqiri, and he completed a move to Internazionale of Milan instead. The 23-year-old has since played 20 times for the club, scoring three goals and registering two assists.
He signed a four-and-a-half year contract with Inter in January, seemingly tying his future down to the Italian club, but that has not stopped Stoke showing a new interest in him.
According to the Sun, Mark Hughes is preparing to make a move for this summer, and has reportedly submitted a £9 million offer for him. It is stated that talks are in an ‘advanced stage’, which suggests a desire from Shaqiri to move to England, although there is no reference as to Inter’s stance on his sale.
It would be a surprise to see Shaqiri agree to move to Stoke considering he only turned them down for Inter in January, but maybe he now wants to test himself in the Premier League after seeing Inter miss out on European qualification.
Shaqiri’s signing would be a real coup for Stoke, given their status in relation to Inter - and previous club Bayern Munich - but it is clear the club have real ambition to progress under Mark Hughes.
The signing of Bojan last summer confirmed that the Potters could now compete with Europe’s biggest clubs in the transfer market, and the signing of Shaqiri will be another step in the right direction - with European qualification the long-term aim.