Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to become the latest Liverpool fringe star to be allowed to leave the club after Lyon “finally” reached an agreement to sign the Swiss international
Lyon have confirmed that they have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ to sign Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Swiss international has been linked with an exit for much of the summer window having failed to break into Jurgen Klopp’s line-up in his three years on Merseyside.
Liverpool paid around £13m for him back in 2018, but minutes have become increasingly limited in recent time thanks to the vast array of attacking talent at the club.
Shaqiri is searching for more regular club minutes after continuing his impressive record at international tournaments during Euro 2020.
After scoring just this summer’s European Championships, he became one of just four players to have scored at the last four major tournaments, stretching back to the World Cup in 2014.
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Shaqiri had just 12-months remaining on his current deal and although the club had the option to extend that for a further year, they were keen to bring some funds in amid the financial difficulties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is understood that Shaqiri has already agreed personal terms with the Ligue 1 club and Lyon confirm he will fly to France on Sunday night, ahead of his medical on Monday morning.
They suggest that the deal could be completed soon after that, with the player enthused by the project at the Groupama Stadium.
Reports in England have suggested that Liverpool rejected an initial offer in the region of £4m, before increasing their offer to one that Anfield bosses have deemed suitable.
The statement points to those protracted discussions, while also suggesting that the player himself had specifically requested the move.
The end of the statement reads: “After intense negotiations with Liverpool, OL thanks the General Manager, Billy Hogan, and the Sporting Director, Michael Edwards, for their availability and for listening to the joint requests of Xherdan Shaqiri and Olympique Lyonnais.”
Shaqiri now looks set to become the second Liverpool player to switch the Premier League for the French top-flight this summer, following in the footsteps of Georginio Wijnaldum who joined Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his deal.
Shaqiri will become the latest fringe player to be allowed to leave during the current window, having already sold Harry Wilson to Fulham (£12.5m), Taiwo Awoniyi to Union Berlin (£5.8m), while Ben Davies and Marko Grujic have completed loan moves to Sheffield United and FC Porto respectively.
As for incomings, with just over a week of the transfer window remaining, Liverpool have made just one addition to the senior squad after triggering Ibrahima Konate’s £36m release clause from RB Leipzig.