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Former Bayern Munich Winger Joins Stoke City from Inter Milan

The Swiss international moves further down the food chain after winning the treble with Bayern.

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Xherdan Shaqiri is on the move again, completing a £12 million (€16.9 million)  transfer from Inter Milan to Stoke City. The 23-year-old signed a five-year contract and is the most expensive player Stoke has ever signed.

Shaqiri left Bayern Munich in January on a six-month loan, which was a precursor to an €15 million transfer to the Nerazzurri. He had signed a contract with Inter Milan until 2019, but a poor run of form cut that tenure to just six months. He scored three goals in 20 appearances for Inter, a lower goal-to-apperance ration than he had as a squad player at Bayern.

The Swiss international came to Bayern as a 21-year-old. Jupp Heynckes, the Bayern manager at the time, relied on Shaqiri frequently, giving him 39 appearances as Bayern went on to win the treble. Heynckes's successor, Pep Guardiola, did not give Shaqiri the same run, giving the Swiss international in 42 appearances over the next 18 months before Shaqiri eventually left the club.

Shaqiri now joins Stoke, his third club in 8 months, and will team up with Bundesliga imports Marko Arnautović, Mame Diouf, Joselu, and Philipp Wollscheid.

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