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.
Xherdan Shaqiri has a £14.5m relegation buyout clause. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) May 6, 2018
Seeing a few NUFC fans wanting Shaqiri from Stoke in the summer. Considering Bayern Munich didn’t want him, he then joined Inter where he again flattered to decieve & then joined Stoke & eventually got relegated. He’s not a team player & Rafa will know that #NUFC
— Lee Embleton (@embleton01) May 6, 2018
No chance, isn’t a worker. Shaqiri is the sort of player we used to sign. Not nowadays thanks #nufc
— Luxfordinho (@Moldinho88) May 6, 2018
Wouldn’t mind Joe Allen or Shaqiri up here like, Joe Allen is a proper work horse and Shaqiri has enough flair to sometimes single handedly run a game. #nufc
— Joe Marshall (@JoelaAmeobi) May 5, 2018
Well Stoke are down and out of the Premier League…shall we settle up the bill for Shaqiri before or after the World Cup? #NUFC
— Clinton Forde (@FordeHaveMercy) May 5, 2018
bye bye stoke and welcome Shaqiri to #NUFC
— tony (@T_NUFC) May 5, 2018
It’s just my opinion but surely Shaquiri would be a step backwards for us? #NUFC
— Rafa (@El_MagoNUFC) March 23, 2018
Have to say I am staggered by the backlash to this tweet. Think Shaqiri is a terrific player who could flourish under Rafa and at #nufc.
Luxury player? Maybe, but people said the same about Sissoko and he was great under RB.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) May 6, 2018
I think Xherdan Shaqiri would be an amazing signing for us if Stoke were to get relegated. They paid £12M for him in ’15 so I think that a bid of £10-13M would be enough. We paid £12M for Jacob Murphy in ’17, so it is feasible. He could be a great player under Rafa Benitez. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/yaTRf0S4xC
— Robert Tennyson (@Tenno98) April 28, 2018