Report: Liverpool open talks over bargain Xherdan Shaqiri deal

Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on...

Liverpool are pushing to sign Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Switzerland celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on...

According to The Telegraph, Liverpool have opened talks with Stoke City over a deal for winger Xherdan Shaqiri, which is expected to cost a little over £13million.

The Reds beat Tranmere Rovers 3-2 in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday night, and manager Jurgen Klopp will be ramping up his preparations for the new season both on and off the pitch.

Three new signings have already arrived in Monaco's Fabinho and Chelsea's Isaac Christie-Davis, whilst Naby Keita's agreed 2017 move from RB Leipzig has now gone through to boost the squad, but a fourth arrival this summer could be on the horizon.

The Telegraph report that Liverpool have opened talks with relegated Stoke City over a potential deal for star man Xherdan Shaqiri, with a possible bargain in the pipeline.

Shaqiri, 26, is understood to have a release clause in his contract having suffered relegation, and the fee involved would allegedly be just over £13million – a relative snip in the modern transfer market.

The Swiss star hit eight goals and seven assists in 36 Premier League games last season, enjoying his best personal campaign in English football even if the Potters did drop into the Championship.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Burnley at Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Shaqiri was always unlikely to stay and feature in the second tier, and after a World Cup campaign with Switzerland – in which he scored the winning goal against Serbia – the former Bayern Munich man appears to be on the move.

Predominantly right-sided with the ability to cut in on his left foot, Shaqiri should offer superb depth behind Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at a reasonable price, though whether he can adapt to Klopp's high-pressing system remains to be seen.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Stoke City celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Crystal Palace at Bet365 Stadium on May 5, 2018 in Stoke...

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