According to reports by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Stoke City have reached an agreement with Inter Milan for the services of Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri, a deal that is believed to be in the region of €17million (£12m).
Despite a somewhat unsuccessful debut season in Serie A, during which he scored just once in 15 appearances, a clause in his contract ensured the Italian giants signed him on a permanent basis. Unsurprisingly, they now want to move him on and are in talks with the Potters over a potential switch.
Shaqiri previously attracted the interested of Stoke in January, before he opted to leave Bayern Munich and sign a four-and-half year contract with Inter, but with Roberto Mancini quickly losing patience with the international midfielder, the Britannia Stadium outfit could finally land their man.
Despite making it clear, as per ESPN reports, that he wants to stay at San Siro, Mark Hughes will be hoping the player is open to a move to England. A successful deal would see another addition to a growing European contingent at the club, following the earlier arrival of ex-Barcelona winger Bojan and former Bundesliga star Marko Arnautovic.