The Swiss international has not long been in Serie A, joining Inter on a four-and-a-half year contract from Bayern Munich during the 2015 January transfer window.
In the case of the latter, the Potters were reported to have agreed a £12 million fee for the 23-year-old. However, fresh reports claim that he is instead edging towards a return to the Bundesliga.
“Shaqiri is one step away from returning to Germany with Schalke 04. £11.5 million is the cost of the operation, and the player has already been approved. Shaqiri is close to a transfer,” states Sky Sport Italia.
Is a return to Schalke a preferable move for Shaqiri?
While the Premier League is arguably more beneficial from a financial perspective, Shaqiri is a top-class player and accustomed to Champions League football with Bayern Munich.
Schalke only managed a sixth-place finish last season, but a Europa League campaign awaits them and they will be expected to challenge once again for a top-four spot in the upcoming season.
Stoke and Everton, in contrast, will first and foremost target top-half consolidation, which could be seen as a possible step down when comparing with a switch to Veltins-Arena.