If the 2018-19 season started today, then Xherdan Shaqiri would be playing in the Championship with Stoke City. However, we can confidently say that things will change between now and the start of the campaign. And there is no question that Shaqiri will be playing in a top league sooner than later.
One of the alternatives for him to arrive is none other than Liverpool. The Anfield side has already started talks with The Potters for a potential transfer, as the Swiss international has a £13 million release clause that should be quite accessible for top teams all over Europe.
Stoke have acknowledged that they might be on the verge of losing their best player, so they would be open to do business as quickly as possible, especially knowing that Shaqiri reportedly wants to stay in the Premier League. Therefore, The Potters would be open to get Harry Wilson back on loan if they end up selling Shaqiri to Liverpool.
Manchester United have also emerged as a potential destination for Shaqiri, but right now it seems Liverpool are leading the way and by a sizable margin. We might now where Shaqiri will land, but we do know one thing: he will not be wearing a Stoke uniform once the 2018-19 season kicks off.