Liverpool are confident of making Xherdan Shaqiri their second summer signing and could have a £12million deal completed before they leave on their US Tour.
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, is eager to bolster his squad and give it some quality depth and the opportunity to sign the Switzerland international is one he wants to pursue, particularly as Shaqiri has an attractive release clause in his contract.
Stoke signed Shaqiri from Bayern Munich in 2015 and he has two years remaining on his deal but the Championship side – who are restructuring under new manager Gary Rowett – are resigned to him moving this summer and they want the business wrapped up quickly.
Shaqiri is currently on holiday, having helped his country reach the last 16 of the World Cup. All players are afforded a three-week break after playing in international competition and that would mean he would be ready to return to training for the week beginning July 23.