Journalist claims Liverpool FC will have to pay £8m up front for 26-year-old

Liverpool FC will have to cough up £8m up front to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke this summer, according to a report

Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri Photo: Xherdan Shaqiri / Instagram

Liverpool FC will have to pay £8m up front to secure a deal for Xherdan Shaqiri, according to Ian McGarry.

The Stoke City forward is being widely tipped to leave the Potters in the summer transfer window following their relegation to the Championship.

Shaqiri was unable to help Stoke avoid relegation but the Switzerland international isn’t expected to remain at the Britannia Stadium.

Liverpool FC have been linked with a move to sign the Swiss forward over the past few weeks to improve their attacking options.

The Reds were close to concluding a deal for Lyon attacker Nabil Fekir before a deal fell through over concerns about the player’s knee.

Shaqiri has impressed at the World Cup with the winner in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Serbia to help bolster their chances of reaching the last 16.

Reporter McGarry believes Liverpool FC will have to offer Shaqiri a contract in the region of £120,000 a week to secure the forward’s signature.

McGarry told the Transfer Window podcast: “It is something Liverpool covet at the moment…

“He is available for £8m after Stoke’s relegation. That would go up to £12m with add ons. I suspect he would be paid around £120,000 a week if he moved to Anfield.”

Liverpool FC lost 3-1 to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev last month.

The Reds finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last term to secure a spot in the Champions League in successive seasons.

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