Friday 24 November 2017

Alex Teixeira 'agrees personal terms' with Liverpool but Shakhtar hold firm on €50m fee

The Brazilian spoke of his desire to leave Shakhtar last week

Liverpool have tabled a bid for Shakhtar Donestsk's Alex Teixeira.
Liverpool have tabled a bid for Shakhtar Donestsk's Alex Teixeira.

James Orr

Liverpool have agreed personal terms over the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Alex Teixeira, according to reports.

However, the news comes from FutbolUkraine, a Twitter account that cites a "member of Shakhtar's staff" as the source for their news.

The Liverpool Echo reports that while although the two clubs have been locked in negotiation, with chief executive Ian Ayre flying to their Florida winter training camp last week, their valuation differs enormously.

Liverpool made an inital bid of £24.5m for the 26-year-old, but the Ukrainian club are believed to value the Brazilian, who has yet to play at senior international level, at closer to £38m (€50m).

Speaking to Brazilian newspaper Globo last week, Teixeira spoek about his desire to leave Shakhtar: “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.

“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.”

(© Independent News Service)

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