Stoke still hopeful of signing Shaqiri

The Potters have long held an interest in the Switzerland international and the club’s assistant manager maintains that they still believe they can sign him

Stoke City remain hopeful of signing Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter this summer, but assistant manager Mark Bowen insists they will only wait for so long.

The Italian club have reportedly accepted a €17 million bid from Mark Hughes’ side for the Switzerland international who joined from Bayern in January and went on to make 15 league appearances for Roberto Mancini’s men. 

Stoke declared an interest in Shaqiri before then and are looking to bring him to the Britannia Stadium this summer, though their pursuit of him may come to an end soon.

“We are still waiting. We are hopeful and still waiting, it’s as simple as that,” Bowen told The Sentinel.

“We know the qualities he’s got and maybe in January we got excited for a few days thinking we could bring that kind of player to Stoke. It didn’t happen then, but maybe it will happen now.

“He left Basel, went to Munich, and two-and-a-half years later he leaves there to go to Inter. Now it’s only six months later. Maybe he’s thinking whether he wants to move again or put down roots and stay in one place.

“That will be at the back of his mind, so you have to give a player like him the time.

“You can push, push, push, but there is a balance between doing that and giving him the time to make the right decision for himself. They have to want to sign.”

Inter coach Mancini hinted last week that both Shaqiri and Davide Santon could leave the club this summer.

“Shaqiri is a fantastic player but we have some problems with the squad list,” said Mancini.

“We have 25 players and we need to sell some but I think they are two good players for the English league.”

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