Alex Teixeira’s chances of signing for Liverpool now seems to be on the wane as Jurgen Klopp is not willing to meet his £53million price-tag but there is a possibility that Liverpool might place another bid later today. According to a report from Daily Mail, the Brazilian attacker is set to join Shakhtar’s second winter training camp today at Murcia.
However, the Shakhtar Donetsk attacker, who has netted 26 goals in 25 matches this season, has publicly revealed that he wants a move to Anfield. But if Liverpool dreams of the deal done today for the highly rated Brazilian, then they’ll have to move all in and splash out his £53million release clause.
Two weeks ago Liverpool chief Ian Ayre flew out to Orlando to hold talks and in order to do the deal on the cheap as Liverpool are well aware about the situation because they learned from the Yevhen Konoplyanka affair. The Reds have had two successive bids for Teixeira rejected in this January transfer window as Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster his injury-hit squad.
Liverpool were still following the original bid of £30m plus add-ons to come to an agreement with Shaktar, but despite the current stalemate between the two clubs, Teixeira made it clear last week he wants an early switch to put an end to all the uncertainties.
Ayre’s bid was just half what Shakhtar demanded for Teixeira this month; it was believed that the Ukrainians didn’t want to sell their star player. Shakhtar are not to be trifled with – transfers of Willian, Fernandinho, Dimitri Chygrinskyi and Douglas Costa have shown that. The Ukrainian club’s hefty price tag was actually forcing away the potential suitors.
A report from Sky Sports also suggests Teixeira sees his compatriots Phillipe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva as two of his best friends and would love to join them at Anfield becoming Jurgen Klopp’s second signing of the January window if a deal can be succeeded at the very last moment.
Unless Liverpool substantially manage to improve their deal today, it is not likely to happen, and if they do take the ultimate step of splashing £53million, then they will face a race against time.