Liverpool are on the cusp of their third summer signing having offered Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri £95,000-a-week to join.
According to Metro, Shaqiri is set to follow Rickie Lambert and Emre Can to Anfield after Liverpool officials met with Shaqiri's representatives in Switzerland to discuss personal terms.
The Bayern Munich winger is currently in Brazil with the Swiss national team, and bagged a hat-trick last night as his country beat Honduras 3-0 to qualify for the last 16.
Having given up on Southampton's Adam Lallana and Dnipro's Yevhen Konoplyanka, the report claims Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers focused his attention exclusively on Shaqiri.
The talented 22-year-old signed for Bayern Munich from Basel two summers ago, but has found it difficult to break into the team. Pep Guardiola used him sparingly last season and he made just 10 Bundesliga starts, scoring six goals and providing two assists.
Highly rated in Switzerland, he announced his arrival at the World Cup in their final group game with a fantastically taken treble to send his country through to face Argentina in the next round.
Liverpool are yet to agree a fee with Bayern Munich for his transfer, but they've reportedly been given the go-ahead to speak to Shaqiri's team to discuss a contract.
The Anfield club have put together a £95,000-a-week deal for five years, and the club believe he will sign it as Shaqiri wants first-team football next season. A fee in the region of £15m has been reported, although this has not been confirmed.
Summer transfer plans
Rodgers has been busy already this summer strengthening ahead of a Champions League campaign. So far the signings look like squad additions to cope with the strain of extra football matches - Lambert and Can are unlikely to start the biggest games.
But Shaqiri would be expected to crack the first-team straight away, and would be a statement signing for the Anfield club. He would bring quality in the attacking positions, and would push Coutinho for a place in the starting eleven.