Xherdan Shaqiri implies he’s open to joining Manchester United this summer

by Leo Nieboer

Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri has made it clear that he wants to stay in the Premier League amid reported interest from Manchester United.

Reports have suggested that Mourinho, having watched the Swiss striker at the World Cup, would be prepared to shell out the £12m needed to prize him away from Stoke.

Man United have loosely tracked a potential right sided winger this summer, with Willian and Gareth Bale emerging as two regularly named targets.

And Shaqiri, speaking soon after Switzerland’s last 16 defeat to Sweden, noted that he would not turn down a chance to play in the Premier League after suffering relegation with Stoke.

“At the moment, I can’t say anything,” he said. “You’re going to hear soon on my future.”

“I was not thinking about this because I was just focused on my national team and I wanted to make a good tournament for my team and my nation

“It’s pretty normal to be aware of clubs being interested. Of course, I would like to play on the biggest stage in football, everybody knows that.

“I hope I can stay in the Premier League. I hope so, but you never know with football. I don’t rule out anything.”

The idea of signing the Stoke winger is not entirely absurd. He is, after all, a player with clear ability – remember that overhead kick in the Euros? – and a capacity to provide crosses for Romelu Lukaku, all for the price of just £12m, which is like a mini packet of Haribos in today’s market.

At the same time, however, it is worth remembering his work rate at Stoke was nothing short of horrendous last season – both before and after Mark Hughes left. His decision making in the final third, aside from a few crosses, is largely poor. And after signing goalkeeper Lee Grant, Mourinho should probably look slightly further beyond Stoke on Trent when it comes to improving his team in time for the 2018/19 season.

With just over a month left of this transfer window, this club needs to display a lot more ambition.

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