Sky Sports reports that Liverpool will demand a fee in the region of £12.75m (€15m) to release Xherdan Shaqiri this summer.
The former Stoke City forward has made it clear that he wants to leave to join Lazio but it seems as though the Reds’ valuation of him is problematic.
A report from Corriere dello Sport suggested that he had ‘met with the Liverpool management and asked for a sale’ as ‘he wants to leave the Reds and got the green light’.
They went as far as to suggest that ‘he will be sold at almost zero cost’ with the club read to ‘satisfy him’ as he was always ‘just an alternative in the battery of forwards’ in Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
However, according to Sky Sports, this is far from the truth and Liverpool want ‘around £12.75m (€15m) to sell Xherdan Shaqiri this summer.’
Interestingly, Sky make no mention of Lazio’s interest and name Sevilla, Villarreal and Napoli as sides that are keen on taking the forward from Anfield this summer.
It seems like forever ago but Shaqiri was great for Stoke and while he was a big fish in a small pond for them, he’s been something of a small fish in a big pond at Anfield.
I say that even though Liverpool have a very inclusive squad where Jurgen Klopp works very hard to make the likes of Shaqiri feel just as valued as the likes of Mo Salah.
Yet, it’s obvious that he’s not as important to the club or their goals as the Egyptian and a move to Lazio or another club that can offer regular minutes will do his career the world of good.
Right now, Liverpool simply cannot give him the game time that he needs to flourish and as he showed at the EUROs, he’s still a very talented player.
He got three goals and an assist during Switzerland’s EURO 2020 campaign and while the Swiss could have beaten Spain on another day, they will be happy with how their summer panned out.
If Liverpool can recoup £12.5million for Shaqiri, that will be a decent fee even if it’s £500,000 less than the fee they paid to sign him in 2018 when they triggered his exit clause.