Liverpool have begun talks with representatives of Stoke star Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Swiss international has remained tight-lipped over a move to Anfield when quizzed after his country's 2-0 World Cup warm-up victory over Japan on Saturday.

"I can't tell you anything," said the former Bayern Munich star.

"My agents take care of my future. I'm focusing on the national team right now."

With Shaqiri's eyes firmly on the prize of Russia 2018, his team begun talks with Liverpool officials last Friday, Bleacher Report journalist Dean Jones reports (via Stoke Sentinel).

Reports suggest Shaqiri is available for a knockdown £13.5m as a result of Stoke's relegation from the Premier League, and the likes of Everton, West Ham, Spurs and Mark Hughes' Southampton are also said to be interested in a deal.

The World Cup winger arrived at Stoke in the summer of 2015 intent on reviving his career in the hope of eventually earning a move to a Champions League club, so it is ironic his dream could be about to come true as a result of Stoke's relegation.

Shaqiri scored eight goals and created seven more last term in his best season for the Potters, but was unable to save them from the drop.

He made clear last week that he would be leaving the Potters this summer, despite having a contract which runs until the summer of 2020.

He told Swiss newspaper Aargauer Zeitung: "It is no secret that I will leave the club.

"Everyone wants to compete with the best, that was one reason why I chose the Premier League, and that's why I want to take the next step now.

"I would love to stay in England. I think the league is perfect for me. It's the best league with the best players, but I do not want to exclude anything."

Source: Daily Mirror

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