Liverpool trigger Xherdan Shaqiri's release clause sources

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Sources told ESPN FC that Shaqiri had his heart set on move to Liverpool, for whom he had been a target since 2014.

Stoke City midfielder Badou Ndiaye has informed the club that he wants to leave this summer to rejoin Galatasaray, and he is even willing to take a pay cut to make it happen, according to reports.

Despite only joining Stoke at the end of the winter transfer window, Ndiaye quickly became an ever present figure for the club in the middle of the park having featured in all 13 of their league games until the end of the season.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with Shaqiri in recent months and TeamTalk reported earlier this week that Manchester United had joined their rivals in the race to sign the Switzerland worldwide.

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However, Man Utd will have to look elsewhere as the Daily Mail are one of several outlets reporting that Liverpool have now agreed a deal to sign Shaqiri after triggering his £13.75m relegation release clause.

Liverpool have already signed Fabinho and Naby Keita this summer and will bring Shaqiri in as their third signing.

All going well with the medical, the deal should be confirmed by Liverpool soon after - allowing Shaqiri to join up with his new teammates on their pre-season tour of the United States. Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah are the undisputed first-choice attacking trio, but Shaqiri will provide an excellent rotation option as the Reds fight on multiple fronts next season.

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