Xherdan Shaqiri has left Liverpool on a permanent transfer to join Lyon and signed a three-year contract with the Ligue 1 club to end his three-year stint at Anfield.
The transfer is initially worth £ 5.14 million to Liverpool, which could potentially rise to around £ 9.5 million in total if various additions are triggered depending on Shaqiri’s performance in Lyon.
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Shaqiri joined Liverpool for 13.5 million pounds in 2018 after Stokes’ relegation from the Premier League. Although he had been a star player for Potters, he decided on a rotation role for the Reds and made 30 appearances during his debut season when the club won the Champions League.
Long-term calf problems limited the Swiss compatriot to just 11 matches in all competitions during the 2019/20 campaign, while fierce competition for places ensured that he was in excess of the requirements last season.
Shaqiri made his name in Basel, Switzerland and has also played in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and Serie A with Inter during his career so far.
The 29-year-old made a total of 63 appearances for Liverpool, scoring eight goals.
He is the 11th player to leave the Reds this summer and the seventh on a permanent deal. Since losing Georginio Wijnaldum as a free agent, Liverpool have ordered transfer fees for Kamil Grabara, Liam Millar, Marko Grujic, Taiwo Awoniyi, Harry Wilson and now Shaqiri, all French players, giving up to £ 42.5 million to the club if all we end up in the end.
Liverpool’s only incoming signing so far is midfielder Ibrahima Konate, whose arrival was confirmed as early as May when the club triggered a £ 36m clause in his contract with RB Leipzig.
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