By Joe Harker
Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri could be available for as little as £13.5 million this summer, meaning some of the top clubs in the Premier League would be interested in signing him. Liverpool and Manchester United are the two clubs most heavily linked with a transfer.
Shaqiri has said he would like to stay in England and remain in the Premier League, promising that a decision on his next club would be made soon. He said: "At the moment, I can't say anything. You are going to hear soon on my future.
"Of course, I would like to play on the biggest stage in football. Everybody knows that. I hope I can stay in the Premier League. I hope so, you never know with football. I don't rule out anything."
Stoke were relegated from the Premier League last season and most expect their star players to secure transfers away. Shaqiri is one of the players the club are convinced is going to leave and has a release clause in his contract that has been activated due to their relegation.
The Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool are interested in Shaqiri, but are yet to make a move for the player. Manager Jurgen Klopp would like to sign the Swiss forward but hasn't made his move just yet. If he did join Liverpool he would most likely be a backup to Mohamed Salah, giving them more squad depth for a very low price.
Manchester United are also linked with a move for Shaqiri. They have long been without a right winger and that position is one they are hoping to fill in this transfer window. Shaqiri's low fee might attract United, who want to spend big money on other positions. He would not be their first choice transfer target but the summer window is only open for another month and a day. Time is of the essence.
The Daily Express reports that United could steal a march on Liverpool and beat them to Shaqiri as Jurgen Klopp is considering how best to spend his transfer funds. The Express reports that Liverpool still want to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon despite being turned down earlier in the summer.
Shaqiri was Stoke's best player for goals and assists in the Premier League last season, scoring eight and creating seven. The team only scored 35 league goals last season, meaning that Shaqiri had a hand in 42 per cent of all of Stoke's goals. Despite relegation he is by no means a bad player and might benefit from a move to a club where he would have more opportunities to attack.