Xherdan Shaqiri will be sold if Liverpool meet transfer asking price, says Gary Rowett

Manager invites Liverpool to bid for £12m bargain forward
Xherdan Shaqiri is set to leave Stoke City this summer after relegation (Picture: Getty)

Xherdan Shaqiri will be sold if the forward wants to leave, according to new Stoke boss Gary Rowett.

Liverpool have been linked with a transfer for the Stoke City star, who has a £12million release clause in his contract after the Potters were relegated to the Championship.

Shaqiri could represent a bargain for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp searches for alternative options up front this summer.

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Liverpool are chasing several high-profile attackers, but Rowett has confirmed if the Reds make a suitable bid for Shaqiri then the club will grant a sale.

No player will leave the club that is contractually with the club unless the club feel it is a good deal and the right deal for them, said Rowett in his first press conference as Stoke manager.

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That is the most important thing but on the flip side to that, if players say they want to leave, then I want to work with players that want to be at the club.

Manager invites Liverpool to bid for £12m bargain forward
Shaqiri will represent Switzerland at the World Cup this summer (Picture: Getty)
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Switzerland Training - Freienbach, Switzerland - May 23, 2018 - Switzerland player Xherdan Shaqiri smiles. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
He can leave Stoke for just £12million (Picture: Reuters)

I want to put players on the pitch next season that want to be in a different league and understand the challenges of that league.

I want players who are committed to Stoke City. And if players want to leave I will try and find the best solution to make that happen if that is the case.

Shaqiri is also attracting interesting from Tottenham and Leicester City and may be tempted to join a team where he feels he will be guaranteed first-team football.

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Manager invites Liverpool to bid for £12m bargain forward
(Picture: Getty)

The Switzerland international would almost certainly play back-up to Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, as well as whoever Liverpool bring in this summer.

Klopp is hoping to wrap up a deal for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir in the coming weeks, but it remains to be seen if Liverpool can get a transfer across the line before the start of the World Cup next week.

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