GOT HIM! Stoke complete £12m record deal for Xherdan Shaqiri

first_img Xherdan Shaqiri Stoke have completed a club-record £12million deal for Xherdan Shaqiri.The Potters agreed a fee with Inter Milan for Shaqiri earlier this summer but the Switzerland international rejected their advances.However, Mark Hughes refused to give up hope of luring the 23-year-old to the club and his persistence has paid off.Shaqiri, who was present at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday for the Premier League opener against Liverpool, has penned a five-year contract.The fee for the former Bayern Munich star exceeds the £10million Stoke paid Tottenham for striker Peter Crouch in 2011.Chief executive Tony Scholes said: “It’s no secret that we have been pursuing Xherdan for some time now and we are delighted to have finally secured his signature.“He’s an exciting young player who is really looking forward to playing in the Premier League having played at the very highest level in Germany with Bayern Munich and in Italy with Inter.“Xherdan will be a fantastic addition to our squad and adds to the attacking options at the manager’s disposal.”The signing of Shaqiri represents a major coup for Stoke, given the speedy wideman was not long ago rated as one of Europe’s top young talents.He cost Bayern Munich around €12m from Basel in 2012 and went on to win the Bundesliga and Champions League with the German giants.He joined Inter Milan in January in search of regular first team football but struggled to make an immediate impression under Roberto Mancini.Now, after making just eight starts for the Serie A club, he will look to realise his full potential in the Premier League under Hughes’ stewardship.Hughes said: “He’s a dynamic and explosive player who will bring something different to the group and at the age of 23 he still has a great deal of potential.“In the chats I’ve had with him it’s obvious that he’s excited about playing in the Premier League and showing what he’s capable of.”Shaqiri, who has scored 17 goals in 46 appearances for Switzerland, could make his Stoke debut in Saturday’s Premier League trip to Tottenham. 1last_img read more