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Raging Debate – Should Rafa Try To Sign Shaqiri This Summer

With teams who get relegated from the Premier League, their best players are usually sold.

And Stoke are the first team to be relegated and the other two places are still to be decided with West Brom winning yet again – this time 1-0 against Tottenham at home.

They are two points from safety with one game to play at Crystal Palace next Sunday.

Stoke have some good players and one, in particular, is Swiss International winger Xherdan Shaqiri who has a relegation release clause in his contract of €14.5M (£12.8M).

Xherdan Shaqiri – class player – but what’s his attitude like?

Here is the report from Switzerland via SonntagsBlick that reveals his release clause:

“Next Sunday, at the away game in Swansea, Shaqiri will give his farewell performance to Stoke.”

“That’s thanks to an exit clause at a bargain price, 14.5m euros, the price Stoke paid Inter Milan two years ago.”

“But where will he go? It is quite possible he will stay in the Premier League, but in the winter Champions League semi-finalists AS Roma were said to have been in for him.”

The question is whether Newcastle and Rafa Benitez will be interested in signing the winger.

He did score a wonderful goal from a free kick yesterday to open the scoring against Crystal Palace before losing 2-1.

Our own opinion is that Rafa will not be interested in the player because he’s not exactly a player who you can see backtracking as our wingers must do; he’s also not particularly a hard worker during games.

We do like central midfielder Joe Allen a lot, and maybe Rafa would want to sign him up this summer?

Here are some views from Newcastle fans specifically on Shaqiri.

7 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 6, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #1


    I’m sure the “negotiations” with Charnley are quite friendly. Rafa knows where the power lies!

  • Tsunki

    May 6, 2018 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Ron the comment i made about losing five in a row wasn’t to decry the flip flop factor, it was in response to a pair of nuggets who spend their time on this blog willing us to fail.

  • Ron Knee

    May 6, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #3


    I don’t think the team are in beachwear mode but there’s a spark missing now. Even Citeh – with all their quality – seemed to be lacking something today. End of season fatigue?

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 6, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #4

    I would agin Shaqiri for his release clause of £12m in a heartbeat. He is a game changer. Okay maybe he ain’t the best at tracking back from what I hear but he does put a solid shift in every time I’ve seen him and scores some wonder goals. He’s a class player and still only 26!! We would be dadt not to go after him. We need more quality in the team we have enough grafters already, now we need the class and flair, Shaqiri would bring just that.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 6, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Put it this way who would you prefer to have for £12m Jacob Murphy or Shaqiri? Shaqiri every time for me.

  • magpie6699

    May 6, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #6

    No I don’t want Harry Enfield here. Bit of a trouble-maker?

  • Munster Mag

    May 6, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Is shaqiri a left-winger? Kenedy??


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