Liverpool are moving closer to securing a deal for Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri in a £12 million deal, with progress being made on a deal to land the ex-Bayern Munich man, reports the Independent.
In today’s current transfer climate, £12 million is not a hefty sum of money for a club the size of Liverpool, so is it fair to call this likely deal a bargain for the Reds?
Without a doubt.
It’s a similar price to what Stoke paid Inter Milan when he joined three years ago but the market has changed a lot since then.
At 26-years old he has a lot to offer and the release clause has cost Stoke millions as it’s below his true value.
It’s so easy to forget the level Shaqiri was at before his move to Stoke.
The winger has played for some of Europe’s top clubs, and I’m sure Liverpool will feel like they’re getting a bargain.
Around better players, Shaqiri can show his class.
He might not break into Liverpool’s exciting attacking three, but he will be another option, who for £12m is a bit of a steal.
In today’s inflated market, £12m is a snip for a player of Shaqiri’s quality – an absolute bargain for the Reds.
While he may not be a regular starter for Liverpool, they will not find a better back-up choice to Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino for such a low price.
In a struggling Stoke side, Shaqiri scored eight and made seven goals so those figures could rocket at Anfield.