Neither Liverpool nor Everton would struggle to find the £12m fee needed to keep Shaqiri in the Premier League, so much will depend on the player's ambitions and how he fits into the plans of the two clubs.More news: No women make Forbes' list of top paid sport stars
And Liverpool's signing of the striker, who will undergo a medical this Friday in Liverpool before the move is officially announced, could be absolutely key to the summer transfer market.
It had been reported that the Frenchman would complete his move to Anfield before the tournament kicks off in Russian Federation, but Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas today (Thursday) said that it was far from a done deal.
The Reds see the 24-year-old as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho, capable of playing as an attacking central midfielder or, if needed, as part of the forward line.More news: U.S. trade dispute with Canada a 'family quarrel,' official says
"The record will certainly not close during the World Cup and I do not think there is any change before the World Cup. We haven't set a price tag because we haven't discussed this [Fekir's transfer] yet".
Aulas believes a pre-World Cup agreement may be the most profitable arrangement for Lyon after Didier Deschamps preferred Corentin Tolisso, Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté in midfield for France's most recent warm up match.
It is already Liverpool's third signing of the summer.More news: Serena Williams withdraws from French Open before playing Maria Sharapova
Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid are also reportedly interested in the French global - but Liverpool are now in the driving seat.
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