Xherdan Shaqiri on way to Lyon after Liverpool agree £9.5m fee

Liverpool have agreed a £9.5m fee with Lyon for the sale of Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Swiss international has now been given permission to undergo a medical in France with the transfer now a mere formality after personal terms were agreed.

The 29-year-old enjoyed a fine Euro 2020, scoring three times as Switzerland made it to the quarter-finals and requested a move from Merseyside following the tournament.

Shaqiri played 63 times for Liverpool, following his £13.75m move from Stoke in 2018, and will be fondly remembered by supporters for his double against Manchester United at Anfield in December 2018. Injuries, however, have always blighted his career at the club and the playmaker struggled to put a run of games together.

Liverpool will view the deal as good business with the initial offer from Lyon just £4m. The club are unlikely to replace Shaqiri in the transfer market, with the focus on bringing through Harvey Elliott. The 18-year-old, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Blackburn last season, impressed against Burnley on Saturday in his first Premier League start. He was heavily involved in Liverpool’s second goal, scored by Sadio Mané, and Jürgen Klopp views the midfielder as a key member of the first-team squad for this campaign.

source: theguardian.com