Stoke - Swiss attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has joined Stoke City from
Inter Milan for a club-record fee of £12 million, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
23-year-old Switzerland international, who only joined Inter from Bayern
Munich in January, has signed a five-year contract at the Britannia
Shaqiri's transfer eclipses the fee of around £10 million that Stoke paid Tottenham Hotspur to sign Peter Crouch in 2011.
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,"
Stoke manager Mark Hughes told the club website.
"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."
Shaqiri is the
ninth player to join Stoke for the new season and arrives three days
after the club opened their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 loss at
home to Liverpool, a match that he attended.
He had been close to
joining Stoke in July, only for the deal to collapse, but the club
subsequently decided to resurrect the move.
Born in what is now
Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia to Albanian Kosovar parents, Shaqiri
emigrated to Switzerland with his family while still a baby.
come to prominence with Swiss side FC Basel, winning three league titles
and two Swiss Cups and breaking into the national team, for whom he has
made 46 appearances and scored 17 goals.
He moved to Bayern in
2012, but although he won several trophies during his time in Bavaria,
including the Champions League in his first season, he failed to hold
down a first-team place.
He joined Inter on a four-and-a-half-year
contract in January and made 20 appearances in the second half of last
season, scoring three goals.