Liverpool have been in on the case of Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira this transfer window. The Reds’ initial bid of £27m has been rejected by the Ukrainian club and the club CEO Sergei Palkin recently proclaimed that any club would have to shell out player’s release clause of £53m for the player.
“Liverpool stopped after an offer of £24m and a £3m bonus,” Palkin told Ukrainian TV channel Football, as reported by Sky Sports.
“We obviously refused to accept it. This is the last number that was announced. Our position is that we do not want to sell Teixeira today. We will sell him only at the end of the season. We need to have some good results in the Europa League and the Ukraine championship.”
“At the end of the season, we will sit down at the negotiating table. Teixeira has a compensation charge in his contract – the price is £53m. Please, if someone wants him – let them come and declare themselves.”
However, Reds legend John Barnes has backed his former club to re-enter into the negotiations with the Ukrainian club in the closing days of the transfer window.
“I would be wary of matching Shakhtar Donetsk’s massive valuation of him (£53m),” Barnes told Titanbet. “But I can see late negotiations between the clubs happening.”
“January is a time of rumour and hearsay, but I hope to see the Teixeira come to Anfield before Monday’s deadline.”