Liverpool have reportedly suffered a big blow after Shakhtar Donetsk rejected their second bid worth £28 million for forward Alex Teixeira. It’s only a few hours ago when it was reported that the Reds made an opening bid of £24.5 million for the Brazil international.
According to our sources, Liverpool were already boosted by claims that Chelsea were out of the race to sign the Teixeira after securing the services of Alexander Pato on a loan deal from Corinthians. It believe that the Ukraine outfit have stood firm in the hope of securing closer to £38 million.
Teixeira had confirmed and acknowledged interest from both Liverpool and Chelsea and accepted his desire that he wanted to leave as soon as possible. Speaking to Globo Esporte, the 26-year-old said: “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. After six years in Europe and with Shakhtar we are ready to move and I have spoken to my wife and daughter.
“It is my desire to move to a big league and I know that the English league is very strong. I am ready and I know that I will grow up a lot there. I am aware that two big clubs such as Liverpool and Chelsea are interested but I haven’t given my word to either of them.”
It is reported that Chelsea’s interest in the forward died earlier this week and Liverpool are currently the club that could possibly secure the striker’s services. Shakhar manager, Mircea Lucescu, confirmed to publication FourFourTwo that Teixeira is eager to leave Ukraine in the winter.
Confirming his great aim to play in England, the forward said: “I am not ruling out other leagues but I do want to play in the Premier League. In my mind, it is the strongest in the world. I want a challenge and to further my career there.”
“My aim is to move to a big club so that I can well there and get a place in the Brazil squad. Everyone knows that it is hard to achieve and I need to leave here to achieve that goal,” he added.