Southampton suffer blow in race for Shaqiri

According to The Mirror, Liverpool have joined the hunt to sign Stoke City attacker Xherdan Shaqiri in this summer’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

Shaqiri will leave Stoke this summer following their relegation to the Championship, and the Swiss international is reportedly attracting a host of interest.

According to The Mirror, Liverpool are now very much in the hunt for the attacker, who will be available for £12m this summer due to a release clause in his contract.

It is understood that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants back-up to Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in the final third of the field, and has identified Shaqiri as the perfect arrival for a relatively small fee.

Liverpool certainly need to boost their squad this summer, with the Reds in desperate need of reinforcements as they look to challenge on all fronts next season.

Shaqiri, who is valued at £16.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, also has top-level experience having represented Bayern Munich and Inter Milan since departing Basel in the summer of 2012.

Should Shaqiri snub Liverpool for Southampton?

According to The Mirror, Southampton moved into a strong position for Shaqiri earlier this week, and the Saints will not welcome Liverpool’s reported interest.

Everton have also been linked with the 26-year-old, and it seems that the player will have the final decision when it comes to choosing a new club this summer.

Liverpool can offer Champions League action, but Shaqiri would be far from first choice at Anfield, and he really needs to be starring at a team at this stage of his career.

A move to Inter Milan did not work out, but Shaqiri has been largely impressive for Stoke – scoring 15 times and registering 15 assists in all competitions.

Last season, meanwhile, he netted eight goals and registered seven assists in 36 Premier League appearances despite Stoke’s struggles.

Reuniting with Mark Hughes at Southampton is just what Shaqiri needs this summer, and he will have the stage to be the main man at St Mary’s during the 2018-19 campaign.