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Press release: Xherdan Shaqiri

Published on 22 August 2021 at 10:35 PM
Communiqué de presse
Agreement in principle with Liverpool for the arrival of Xherdan Shaqiri.

Olympique Lyonnais is pleased to have finally reached an agreement in principle with Liverpool for the transfer of the Swiss international midfielder, Xherdan Shaqiri, who was a key figure for his country at this summer's European Championship.

 

Shaqiri, who is encouraged by the OL project, will arrive in Lyon tonight where he will be welcomed by Juninho. The finalisation of the transfer remains conditional on the result of the medical examination that the player will pass this Monday morning and the finalisation of the last administrative formalities.

 

The 29-year-old, who was born in Kosovo, has won 96 caps for Switzerland and played at three World Cups (2010, 2014 and 2018) as well as two European Championships (2016 and 2021), helping to eliminate France at the most recent edition of the latter in June. Considered one of the greatest Swiss players of all-time, alongside the likes of Alexander Frei and Stéphane Chapuisat, the attacking midfielder is currently their top scorer in major international tournaments, with eight goals.

 

Having played more than 400 matches in four different countries (Switzerland, Germany, Italy and England), and able to play on either flank or behind the strikers, Shaqiri all the characteristics desired by Peter Bosz. Since the start of his professional career in 2009/10, he has built up a prestigious list of achievements, winning, among other honours, two Champions League titles (with Bayern Munich in 2013 and Liverpool in 2019), seven league titles (with FC Basel, Bayern and Liverpool), two European Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

 

His arrival would further strengthen a midfield that already includes several international players, at both senior and U21 level. The signing of Shaqiri, after a deal was also reached to bring double European champion Emerson to the club, confirms that Olympique Lyonnais still has the means to enjoy a great season in Ligue 1, despite a difficult start, and in the Europa League, which also remains a key objective.

 

After intense negotiations with Liverpool, OL thanks the General Manager, Billy Hogan, and the Sporting Director, Michael Edwards, for their availability and for listening to the joint requests of Xherdan Shaqiri and Olympique Lyonnais.