Thursday 8 December 2016

Mixed news for Liverpool in their pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk striker Alex Teixeira

Published 28/01/2016 | 08:47

Alex Teixeira
Alex Teixeira

The saga that shows no sign of ever ending is indeed showing no sign of ever ending with Shakhtar Donetsk reportedly rejecting a third bid from Liverpool for Alex Teixeira.

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But despite the fact that Shakhtar will hold out for as much money as possible, manager Mircea Lucescu says he won't stand in Teixeira's way.

“I don’t want to keep a player against his desire. He wants to play in a big championship,” Mircea Lucescu told FourFourTwo. “Our president knows when it is the time for Teixeira to go. He’s worth €50m (£38m). 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, [Angel] 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.”

Jurgen Klopp has reportedly already seen two bids of £25m and £28m turned down by the Ukrainian giants.

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Liverpool then went back and offered a fee in the region of £31m but, according to the Daily Star, have been left disappointed yet again.

A January deal for the striker is now looking like it will go to the wire with Shakhtar unwilling to let him go for under their £38m valuation. Teixeira has pleaded with his Shakhtar to let him leave.

“It would be an honour to defend the Liverpool shirt," he said. “Yes, it’s correct I want to go there, it’s a huge club and so many great players have passed through there.

“It is frustrating but the manager and club president decided against it so now I am just waiting, trying to be patient.

“I know my agent is still attempting everything possible to help me get to Liverpool. The team received one official offer. It was rejected but I don’t know why because it was a great offer.”

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