Report: Besiktas interested in bringing Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri to Turkey

Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri has been a revelation since his move to Stoke City last summer.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesShaqiri has been in dazzling form for club and country over this past season

TALKSPORT understands that Stoke City's enigmatic playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri is being targeted by Turkish champions Besiktas. 

The sports radio station also goes on to claim that the Swiss star could be tempted into a move by the lure of Champions League football next season.

Football Soccer - Switzerland v Belgium - International Friendly - Geneva, SwitzerlandBesiktas are said to be interested in bring Shaqiri to Turkey

The 24-year-old former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan star settled instantly at the Britannia, amazing the home crowd with his remarkable array of skills, and talkSPORT go on to suggest that the Potters would be unlikely to entertain any bids for one of their star men.

Football Soccer - Switzerland v Belgium - International Friendly - Geneva, SwitzerlandStoke will want to hold on to their star man

The Switzerland international managed three goals and six assists in 27 Premier League outings for Stoke during this past season, and seemed to enjoy his football in the Potteries.

The offer of Champions League football is always hard to turn down, however, so if there is genuine interest in Shaqiri, Mark Hughes may face a tough battle over the summer to keep hold of his diminutive swiss magician.

At such a young age, Shaqiri has already racked up 51 caps for his country, and is currently with his national side as they continue their preparations for Euro 2016.

Football Soccer - Switzerland v Belgium - International Friendly - Geneva, SwitzerlandShaqiri in action for Switzerland

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