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Stoke Signs Shaqiri For Club-Record Fee

Xherdan Shaqiri is leaving Inter Milan after just eight months in Milano as he has signed for Stoke for a club-record $20 million.

Shaqiri, 23, were in the stands at Britannia Stadium on Sunday when Stoke fell 1-0 to Liverpool. The Swiss international left Bayern Munich for Inter Milan in the January transfer window, but failed to impress manager Roberto Mancini. Inter has made a lot of changes during the summer and Shaqiri was deemed to be expendable.

Shaqiri scored three goals in 20 appearances for Inter in all competitions last season. Prior to coming to Inter, he spent two and a half seasons with Bayern Munich. He got his breakthrough with Basel in the Swiss league before joining Bayern in 2012.

Even before Shaqiri joined Inter, Stoke had declared interest in the player.

“It’s no secret that we have been pursuing Xherdan for some time now and we are delighted to have finally secured his signature,” Stoke Chief Executive Tony Scholes told stokecityfc.com.

“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.”

Shaqiri has 17 goals in 46 caps for Switzerland. The technical winger has signed a five-year deal with the Potters. Manager Mark Hughes spoke to stokecityfc.com about the new signing.

“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,” Hughes said. “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.”

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