Xherdan Shaqiri could be set for a sensational return to the Serie A as Roma look to replace Liverpool-bound Mohamed Salah. 

The Switzerland international joined Stoke from Inter Milan in 2015 after failing to secure a regular starting spot at the San Siro and at Bayern Munich before that.

Tancredi Palmeri, a beIN Sports correspondent, has reported that Roma contacted the Premier League side about the availability of their Swiss superstar. 

Roma are set to lose Mohamed Salah ahead of a £35m move to Liverpool, with a deal for the Egypt international expected to be confirmed on Thursday.

Shaqiri, a product of the FC Basel youth system, featured in just 21 Premier League games for Stoke this season, scoring four goals and assisting another two. 

It is believed that Stoke would be willing to sell either Shaqiri or Marko Arnautović in order to further develop Egyptian starlet Ramadan Sobhi.

Roma could persuade Shaqiri to swap the Premier League for Serie A football after securing an impressive second place finish in the league, just four points behind champions Juventus. 

Despite a poor season for Shaqiri individually, the 25-year-old has been quoted as saying: “I’m trying to get the club to the top as a leader.

​​“But I also want to play for titles again and be in the Champions League."

A transfer to AS Roma seems to make perfect sense on the surface for Shaqiri. He'll be joining a league that he knows well and a club that is challenging for domestic glory. 

With Salah moving to Liverpool, Shaqiri will be one of the first names on the team-sheet at the Stadio Olimpico, you would expect.