Liverpool are reportedly edging closer to a club record deal for Alex Teixeira, despite having two bids for the Brazilian midfielder rejected by Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Reds saw an initial bid of £24.5million rejected by the Ukrainian club last week, and followed that up with an offer of £28million on Monday, which was also dismissed.
Shakhtar are reportedly holding out for closer to 50million euros (£38million) for the 26-year-old, and it’s claimed that talks over a deal are close to completion, with Reds chief executive Ian Ayre flying out to Florida to resume negotiations, where the Ukrainian club are currently on a winter training camp.
Teixiera is contracted to Shakhtar until June 2018 and his release clause at the Ukrainian side is currently unknown.
But ESPN Brasil believe that Liverpool will come closer to Shahktar’s valuation of Teixeira and the deal will be done. It’s been suggested his valuation will be met, but with a downpayment of £30million and the rest made up on a performance-related structure.
Shakhtar owner Rinat Akhmetov is considered to be the richest man in Ukraine and often plays hardball on transfers (e.g. Willian, Fernandinho and Henrikh Mkhitaryan), as a result, ESPN Brasil claim the deal could end up costing Liverpool a club record fee, eclipsing the £35million they paid Newcastle for Andy Carroll in January 2011.
“There’s absolutely nothing to say. Maybe it surprises you. I have nothing to say to things like this,” said Klopp, who muttered the very same thing at his pre-match press conference ahead of the weekend’s win at Norwich.
It’s safe to say that Klopp’s eagerness not to talk about the player suggests Liverpool are actively trying to land Teixeira, who has also been tracked by Chelsea and who also seems desperate to leave the Russian club.
Last week Teixeira told the Brazilian newspaper Globo: “I would like to move in this transfer window and have told them [Shakhtar] that. They have received a very good offer and they are working on a solution. But if I don’t go now then I will leave in the summer.”