Olympique Lyon are planning to add Xherdan Shaqiri to bolster their squad after Memphis Depay left for Barcelona as a free agent earlier this summer. The Ligue 1 side-Lyon are in talks over a deal to sign Liverpool and Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri. Lyon are offering just over £5m for the 29-year-old, who has been with Liverpool for three years, but has only made 45 Premier League appearances. The Reds are demanding €15m (£12.7m) for Shaqiri. Shaqiri has a year remaining on his current deal at Anfield but Liverpool do have the option of extending it by a further season.
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According to a report by L’Équipe, Liverpool attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has agreed personal terms with Lyon, with talks still ongoing between the two clubs over the eventual transfer fee involved in the move. The Swiss international will earn €350,000 a month a sign a three-year contract with Les Gones, making him the club’s highest earner after Memphis Depay’s departure to Barcelona.
L’equipe also claims that Shaqiri’s representatives and Olympique Lyonnais have come to an agreement over his personal terms.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Xherdan Shaqiri has completed his agreement on personal terms with OL. Contract is now ready until June 2024. Shaqiri is now pushing to join Ligue 1 side. OL are offering €6m plus add-ons but Liverpool wants more.
Xherdan Shaqiri’s replacement at Liverpool
Shaqiri’s departure will open ways for two young Liverpool stars who have caught Jurgen Klopp’s attention during the pre-season friendlies-Harvey Elliot & Kaide Gordon.
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The youngster has been praised by Klopp as someone the “football world can be really excited” about after his eye-catching performances playing in a deeper midfield role which has also seen England U21 Pondering a potential call-up for the 18-year-old. Elliott played in the kind of role at the tip of Liverpool’s midfield where Xherdan Shaqiri would often be deployed in his sporadic performances. On top of that, Elliott is also capable of playing on the wing and deputising for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané if necessary. But it’s not just Elliott who will be aided by the void left behind by Shaqiri.
16-year-old Kaide Gordon has also caught the eye in pre-season and with spaces freeing up in Klopp’s first team squad the club’s academy winger could see more playing time in the first team as a result. Shaqiri was always a player who featured in the cup and European competitions. Gordon has shown in pre-season he will not look out of place amongst senior players. Without Shaqiri, Gordon may also get a chance to shine and get some crucial minutes and experience in the club’s first team.