Could Stoke be shock candidates to land one of Europe’s brightest talents…
Stoke City will rival Liverpool and Inter Milan for Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri in the January transfer window, according to Mark Hughes’ assistant Mark Bowen.
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Reports on Goal.com carry quotes from Bowen, who claimed that despite interest from across Europe in the Swiss World Cup star, that Stoke will still try and sign the wantaway star this month.
“To get a good player like him on board would be fantastic,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “There are other clubs interested, but it doesn’t mean we rule ourselves out. He’s definitely on the list, but there is competition for a player of his ability.”
Shaqiri has been given limited opportunities with the Pep Guardiola’s side, leading to talk of move away. Bowen said it would take some persuasion from Stoke’s hierarchy to convince Shaqiri to join them, but believes Bojan’s move to the club from Barcelona proves it can be done.
“It’s bound to help and it does help,” he added. “There’s many boxes to tick, not least the financial side of it, and with Shaqiri coming from one of the best clubs in the world, there’s a lot of persuasion to get it done.”
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