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Liverpool forward Xherdan Shaqiri completes €6m move to Lyon

 

Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has completed his move to Lyon on a €6 million (£5m/$7m) three-year deal.

The Switzerland international swaps the Premier League for Ligue 1 following a three-year spell that saw him win domestic, European and world honours at Anfield.

Now he arrives at Groupama Stadium on a contract that runs through June 2024, bringing to an end a six-year stay in England that also included a three-year spell with Stoke City.

Liverpool had rejected Lyon’s initial offer, thought to be worth only £4m, earlier this month, with sources describing that particular bid as “ridiculous.”

However the determination of Lyon’s sporting director Juninho Pernambucano and manager Peter Bosz to land their top summer target has meant, after lengthy negotiations, a deal could be agreed.

“Olympique Lyonnais is pleased to have finally reached an agreement in principle with Liverpool for the transfer of the Swiss international midfielder, Xherdan Shaqiri,” a statement on Lyon’s website read after confirmation of the move.

Liverpool later confirmed the news, adding: “Xherdan Shaqiri has today completed a permanent transfer to Lyon after three years with Liverpool. Everybody at Liverpool FC thanks Xherdan for his contributions over the past three seasons and wishes him the very best for the rest of his career.”

Shaqiri had informed the Reds of his desire to leave this summer in search of regular game time. He will leave having made 63 appearances for the club since joining from Stoke in 2018, and as a Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Premier League winner.

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