Date: 14th July 2018 at 9:00am
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Following the speculation on Friday morning which suggested that Stoke City and Liverpool had now agreed upon a fee for wantaway winger Xherdan Shaqiri, much later on in the evening, it was confirmed that he had successfully passed his medical and agreed terms with the Anfield outfit.

Following Stoke’s relegation from the Premier League in the season of 2017/18 it didn’t take the 26-year-old Switzerland international long to declare that he wanted to leave the Potteries and preferably returned straight back to the English top-flight.

It wasn’t, of course, a great surprise to hear that he wanted to move on and wasn’t prepared to battle in the Championship. There was a relegation fee built into his contract at the club and given his undoubtedly quality, consistency wasn’t a great friend and that was never going to improve from our perspective in a more physical second tier anyway.

He departs the club having scored 15 goals in 84 league appearances over the last three years. Other competitions included, that goes to 92 appearances and he did give us some good moments.

The fee is officially undisclosed, although believed to be in the region of £13.75million.

At least based on yesterday evenings announcement, the speculation suggesting as part of the deal we would see Harry Wilson travel in the opposite direction seems to have been off the mark. Whether that deal is announced later today – I would assume it wasn’t on the cards.

Fans were mixed given how the departure came about though.

 

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