Why Tottenham could still hope to benefit if Stoke sign Shaqiri

Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri has been linked with Premier League duo Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City.

Stoke City and Inter Milan have reached an agreement in principle over the transfer of Xherdan Shaqiri, according to the print edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport.

As reported by Tuttomercatoweb.com, the Italian publication claims that the Potters will now have to convince the Switzerland international to join them.

It has been claimed that Stoke could insert a clause in the winger’s contract which will allow him to leave the Britannia Stadium in the summer of 2016 if a club playing in the Champions League makes him an offer.

Good news for Tottenham Hotspur?

This latest development in the Shaqiri transfer saga will come as good news to Tottenham Hotspur, who have also been linked with Shaqiri.

According to Calciomercato.com, Italian giants Inter were open to to including Shaqiri in a deal to sign Argentina international winger Lamela this summer.

Whether or not Spurs are interested in the former Bayern Munich man remains to be seen, but the latest report does give them a chance to evaluate the winger for a season in the Premier League.

If Stoke sign the 23-year-old this summer and insert the aforementioned clause in his contract, then Spurs will be able to sign him next summer if indeed they qualify for the Champions League.

By waiting for a year, the North London outfit will get a better feel of how Shaqiri does in the Premier League.

The Swiss is a hugely talented player, but his progress has been stunted since his move from Basel to Bayern in 2012.

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