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.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) July 13, 2018
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.
Carried our team numerous times! Very underrated player ????????
— Thomas Knapper (@Thomas_Knapper) July 13, 2018
— Bill (@bill63725454) July 13, 2018
Had some great memories with him helping Stoke go far, thanks for the goals. Good luck at Liverpool, least I got your signature on my stoke shirt ????????????
— amy ????️???? (@ohsnapitsamy_) July 13, 2018
Enjoyed watching shaq having someone with quality at stoke was a joy. Good luck at Liverpool
— Dave (@DavidHackney5) July 13, 2018
Good luck Shaq. Ta for some incredible memories. Deserve your big move @XS_11official
— George (@GeorgeLW96) July 13, 2018
Good luck, Xherdan, and thank you for your effort. Will miss you.
— Ola Bjørlo Strande (@bjorlo) July 13, 2018
1 in 6 man
— Jack Holmes (@PotterJack10) July 13, 2018
Good luck @XS_11official made some fantastic memories you will always have a warm welcome from me ????????⚪️
— Garry Jackson (@knypersleycity) July 13, 2018
Thanks shaq, absolute magician ????. You deserve it.❤️
— Tyler walters (@Tylerwalters27) July 13, 2018
Good player but just a massive mard arse and wasteful
— James Edwards (@SteadyEddyGo) July 13, 2018