Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has tipped Alex Teixeira to be a huge success in the Premier League – and says Liverpool will be getting a top talent who is well worth the quoted £38million his club want for the Brazilian.
The Reds have been in talks with Shakhtar over a move for their free-scoring forward, who has 26 goals already this season.
Reds chief executive Ian Ayre flew to Orlando – where Shakhtar are on a winter break – last week, in a bid to thrash out a deal, but after seeing their initial offer rejected, Liverpool’s revised £28million offer was also dismissed this week.
Teixeira, 26, has declared his desire to move this month, after six years in Ukraine, while Chelsea are also believed to be keen, despite their imminent signing of his fellow Brazilian Alexandre Pato.
But Miners chief Lucescu says his side will be holding out for closer to their valuation and believes that he’ll prove himself to be a better player than British record signing Angel Di Maria.
“He’s worth €50million,” Lucescu, told FourFourTwo.
“He’s incredible, very fast, very good technique. I compare him with other players of the same age who changed [the fortunes of] a club, Di Maria for example at Paris Saint-Germain.
“Teixeira can be at the same level, better even. He doesn’t get injured, and every year he gets better and better.”
Lucescu is used to selling the club’s star players, having seen the likes of Willian (Chelsea, via Anzhi Machhachkala), Fernandinho (Manchester City) and latterly Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich) all leave in recent years.
But Teixeira’s valuation would make him the Miners’ highest ever sale – if suitors arrive at that price.
“Our president knows when it is the time for Teixeira to go,” added Lucescu.
“I don’t want to keep a player against his desire. He wants to play in a big championship.”