Liverpool begin talks with Stoke City over Xehrdan Shaqiri transfer

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Liverpool are confident that they will sign Swiss global Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, according to a report in The Guardian.

The Reds have now made a formal approach to Stoke for the 26-year-old who has a £13.5million release clause that will enable him to make the switch to Anfield without any fuss following their relegation from the Premier League.

There is a release clause in his contract - understood to be around £13m - and Liverpool are discussing the details on that with the club.

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Meanwhile, Shaqiri has made it clear that his future lies in the Premier League, having said: "You are going to hear soon on my future". He admitted that he would like to leave following last season's relegation.

Ojo, who spent a year ago helping Fulham win promotion to the Premier League scoring four goals in 22 appearances despite being sidelined for a time by a dislocated shoulder, has impressed already in pre-season.

The Swiss winger once again impressed for Switzerland at this summer's World Cup, but could ultimately do little to stop his country sliding out of the tournament at the hands of a plucky Sweden side in the round of 16. Shaqiri could be signed in time to play a part in that trip. Liverpool saw a deal for Lyon captain Nabil Fekir break down due to a medical issue last month, but serious alternatives are yet to emerge amid claims from the player's agent that the move remains on the table. Fekir, in any case, is still with France at the World Cup and would not be due to return to action until early-August.

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