Stoke City have completed the signing of Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri from Italian giants Inter Milan, breaking their transfer record for a fee of £12million.
The 23-year-old has been a long-term target for Mark Hughes throughout the 2015 – and he has now finally got his man.
Shaqiri signs on a 5-year deal and will be involved on Saturday when the Potters visit Tottenham Hotspur.
Stoke have pulled off an incredible signing, which is evident by looking at Shaqiri’s playing career.
He has played for FC Basel, Bayern Munich where he played 81 times scoring on 17 occasions and most recently Inter Milan, who he joined in January this year. Internationally, Shaqiri has scored 17 goals in 46 appearances for Switzerland.
Shaqiri was part of the Munich side that won the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2013, whilst also having two Bundesliga winner medals.
Manager Mark 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 is an exciting signing for Stoke fans and it now looks certain they will cement themselves in a top-half finish. The Swiss winger joins ex-Barcelona forwards Bojan Krkić and Ibrahim Afellay at Stoke, in what appears to be a very strong strikeforce.