Liverpool have completed the signing of Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke.
The winger, currently on holiday after appearing at the World Cup, has agreed a “long-term” contract at Anfield.
Press Association Sport understands it is a five-year deal, with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds paying £13million to the Potters following their Premier League relegation.
“I’m very happy to be here. It’s a huge club with big history, big players and a fantastic coach. So I’m really glad and happy to be here,” Shaqiri told liverpoolfc.com.
“As a player you always want to be on the biggest stage in football. A few years ago I wanted to come too but it didn’t happen. I’m really happy that now I’m finally here.
“I want to improve myself too, I want to be with the best and I want to win titles. That’s what I’m here for.”
Shaqiri becomes the Champions League finalists’ third summer signing following the big-money arrivals of midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho.
He will provide competition for the established front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Shaqiri, who has scored 21 goals in 74 games for his country, arrived in English football in the summer of 2015, joining Stoke from Inter Milan for a reported £12million.
The 26-year-old scored 15 goals in 92 appearances for the Potters, but was unable to help them retain their top-flight status last season.
Liverpool have increased their offer to sign Croatia centre-back Domagoj Vida, according to reports.
The Merseysiders had an initial bid of £16million knocked back for the World Cup defender, who plies his trade at club level with Besiktas.
But, now, Jurgen Klopp’s men hope to clinch his signature and have tabled a £20m proposal.
Turkish publication Fanatik carried the news but also suggested the Reds will have to match Besiktas’ valuation of the 29-year-old, which stands at close to £31m.
It remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool want to break the bank for the 29-year-old though the prospect of Vida linking up with fellow countryman Dejan Lovren at the heart of their defence next term is a welcome proposition.
Indeed, Lovren could convince his compatriot to move to England after their country’s run through to a World Cup meeting with France.
Borussia Monchengladbach have won the race to sign Nice striker Alassane Plea.
Plea, a former France Under-21 international, scored 44 goals and provided 23 assists in 135 games during his four years at Nice.
Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl said on his club’s website: “We’re extremely glad that this transfer has gone through and we were able to sign Alassane despite a lot of competition from various other well-known clubs.
“Thankfully for us, he wanted to come to Borussia at all costs. He’s a versatile, quick and clever forward who has put his talent on full display in Ligue 1 and the Europa League.”
— Gladbach (@borussia_en) July 13, 2018