Liverpool hold talks with Xherdan Shaqiri's representatives

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The Switzerland worldwide has made no secret of the fact he is looking to quit Stoke City this summer following the club's relegation from the Premier League and a stay in England's top flight is his first choice.

Stoke's star forward is available for just £12m due to a release clause in his contract.

Liverpool are reportedly ready to pry Xherdan Shaqiri away from Stoke City following the Potters' relegation form the Premier League.

Fabinho is already in and Naby Keita's deal was pre-arranged for this summer, while Fekir looked as though he might be a third addition.

Following the Potters' relegation from the Premier League, Shaqiri must decide where his future lies.

Tottenham and Everton are also interested but as it stands, the Reds are the first to make an approach to Shaqiri's agents.

The Switzerland worldwide is now preparing for this month's World Cup finals but is expected to depart the Bet365 Stadium in the off-season after Stoke were unable to secure their top-flight status this season.

On a move to Merseyside, Shaqiri said: "Anfield is great, definitely". He then enquired: "Why are you talking about Liverpool?".

Pressed on his future, Shaqiri told Blick: "I can't tell you anything right now".

And the winger will leave taking care of his future firmly in the hands of his representatives. I'm focusing on the national team right now'.

I personally think he was being very tactical in not directly answering the reporter's questions and it may well be that a move to Anfield is being put together.

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