Xherdan Shaqiri set to become last Liverpool fringe star to be allowed to leave club after Lyon ‘finally’ strike deal to sign the Switzerland international
Lyon have confirmed that they have reached an “agreement in principle” to sign Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Switzerland international has been linked with an exit for much of the Summer Window after failing to break into Jurgen Klopp’s roster during his three years on Merseyside.
Liverpool paid around £ 13million for him in 2018 but minutes have become increasingly limited in recent times thanks to the club’s wide range of attacking talent.
Shaqiri is on the hunt for more consistent club minutes after chasing his impressive record in international tournaments at Euro 2020.
After scoring only this summer’s European Championships, he has become one of four players to score in the last four majors, dating back to the World Cup in 2014.
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Shaqiri was only 12 months old on his current contract and although the club had the option to extend it for another year, they were keen to provide funds amid the financial hardships of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is understood that Shaqiri has already agreed on personal terms with the Ligue 1 club and Lyon confirms that he will fly to France on Sunday evening, before his medical examination on Monday morning.
They suggest the deal could be done soon after, with the player excited about the project at Groupama Stadium.
Reports in England suggest Liverpool rejected an initial offer in the order of £ 4million, before increasing their offer to one which Anfield bosses deemed appropriate.
The statement highlights those protracted talks, while also suggesting that the player himself specifically requested the move.
The end of the statement reads as follows: “After intense negotiations with Liverpool, OL would like to thank the general manager, Billy Hogan, and the sporting director, Michael Edwards, for their availability and for having listened to the joint requests of Xherdan Shaqiri and Olympique Lyonnais.
Shaqiri is now set to become the second Liverpool player to change Premier League to the French top flight this summer, following in the footsteps of Georginio Wijnaldum who joined Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract.
Shaqiri will become the last fringe player to be allowed to leave during the current window, having previously sold Harry Wilson to Fulham (£ 12.5million), Taiwo Awoniyi to Union Berlin (£ 5.8million), while Ben Davies and Marko Grujic have completed the loan moves to Sheffield United and FC Porto respectively.
As for entries, with just over a week of the transfer window remaining, Liverpool have made just one addition to the senior squad after triggering the £ 36million release clause Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.