Stoke City have completed the stunning move of Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri .
The treble-winning former Bayern Munich star was sold to Inter Milan in January, but has now joined Mark Hughes’ Stoke City team and signed a five-year contract.
A move to the Potters appeared to have broken down last month when the 23-year-old decided he wasn’t interested but on Tuesday a Stoke City club record of £12m deal was finalised.
Everton were reported to have matched that offer, giving the player a choice, but he opted for Stoke – despite reportedly failing even to return their calls a few weeks ago.
And Shaqiri even had the cheek to thank them for their persistence in pursuing him so doggedly.
“My special thanks go to the manager, Mark Hughes, Chief Executive Tony Scholes and Mark Cartwright for their work in helping to make this deal happen over the past few months,” he said.
“I sincerely appreciate it so much, and will give my utmost to pay them and the supporters back on the pitch over the coming months and years.
“I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and make my debut for the Club. It feels great to finally be a Potter!”
Manager Mark Hughes said: “He’s a dynamic and explosive player who will bring something different to the group and at the age of 23 he still has a great deal of potential.
“In the chats I’ve had with him it’s obvious that he’s excited about playing in the Premier League and showing what he’s capable of.”
The deal will free up the funds for Ivan Perisic to finally complete his move to Inter, with the Beneamata believed to be waiting to sell Shaqiri before officially signing him.