Alex Teixeira has admitted he actually missed out on his dream move to Liverpool because the EPL giants never made a concrete offer to start the proceedings.
Liverpool, however, spent most of the January window chasing the Brazilian attacking midfielder, and were also believed to have made two firm attempts to sign their top priority transfer target but both of their £24.6m and £28m bids rejected apparently.
Shakhtar then in the middle of nowhere accepted a £38m offer from Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning, with Teixeira completing his move on Friday.
The highly rated midfielder still has hopes of playing in Premier League and even admitted his desire to play for Liverpool, but revealed yesterday that Liverpool never made a concrete offer.
Teixeira told Shakhtar’s official website: “Let’s put it like this: everyone always knew that I wanted to stay in Europe and move to the English Premier League club. But, unfortunately, all the proposals that came from them were somewhat windy and did not contain anything concrete. Now I have received a serious offer from China.”
“I wanted to make it to the English Premier League one day. But until now, all my thoughts have been focused on Shakhtar. As I said, everything happens so fast that I don’t even have time to realise it.”
Liverpool along with Chelsea had been heavily linked with Brazilian attacker Teixeira but his former club Shakhtar Donetsk slapped a sensational price-tag last month to discourage any attempt from the Premier League clubs.
Even the Ukrainian club’s coach Mircea Lucescu didn’t want to hold back Teixeira from moving into a bigger league but also priced the highly rated goal machine at €50million to cash in a huge sum if they have to go their star player
Jurgen Klopp is still desperate to bolster his injury-hit squad and The Brazilian forward himself earlier revealed he wanted to leave his club as soon as possible, but Shakhtar’s hefty price tag actually forced away the potential suitors. The Brazilian hitman sees his compatriots Phillipe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva as two of his best friends and would have loved to join them at Anfield becoming Jurgen Klopp’s main attacking force. It was also reported that Liverpool MD Ian Ayre visited Shakhtar’s winter training camp in Florida to start talks with the Ukrainian club’s officials but it didn’t work out.