Report: Roberto Mancini tells Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri to reconsider Stoke City offer

Xherdan Shaqiri

Stoke City and Everton have been linked with Xherdan Shaqiri this summer.

According to a report in The Sun, Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini wants to sell Xherdan Shaqiri this summer and has told the playmaker to reconsider moving to Stoke City.

The Swiss international only joined the Serie A side in January but quickly fellow out of favour at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium, scoring just one goal in eight starts.

As reported by the BBC, Shaqiri looked likely to leave the San Siro earlier this summer, with the Potters reportedly bidding £12 million in order to bring him to the Britannia Stadium.

Time soon passed without reply and Mark Hughes' men soon moved on to other targets, a situation which has frustrated Mancini as he bids to cash in on the former Bayern Munich man.

As such, in a report by The Sun, the former Manchester City boss has allegedly told the 23-year-old to reconsider a switch to Stoke or face the prospect of a season on the sidelines.

Should Stoke City revive their interest?

Whilst Shaqiri’s initial refusal could be construed as a lack of respect, reports from Sky Sports Italia claimed Schalke 04 were also in the hunt to sign him and were arguably viewed as a better prospect.

The German giants will feature in the upcoming Europa League and are undoubtedly a bigger club than Stoke, yet with no potential deal in sight Shaqiri’s thought process may now have been altered.

With Stoke boss Hughes keen to bring in that special quality in order to establish the Potters as a top Premier League side, big deals such as Shaqiri are difficult to do but certainly worth the wait if carried out.

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