English Premier League (EPL) club Liverpool is looking to beat rivals Chelsea for the capture of Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira. Liverpool are looking to offer £24.6 million (US $34.94 million) for the Brazilian.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has lost faith in the £32.5 million (US $46.16 million) summer signing Christian Benteke. The German is also not set to rely on the injury-ravaged Daniel Sturridge for goals. Hence, the Merseyside club has moved in to capture Brazilian forward Teixeira’s signature. Teixeira has scored 67 goals in 146 appearances for Shakhtar during his 5 years at the Ukrainian club.
Ian Ayre, chief executive of Liverpool has flown to the United States of America (USA) to hold talks with the Shakhtar officials in order to negotiate a deal for the Brazilian. Shakhtar are currently participating in the Florida Cup in to their mid-season break.
Ayre will be looking to accelerate a deal for the former Vasco da Gama striker at Shakhtar’s winter training camp in Orlando, Florida. If Liverpool is able to bring in Teixeira, then he will become the fourth Brazilian at Anfield alongside Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Leiva and Roberto Firminho.
The 26-year-old may find some difficulty in finding a work-permit in the United Kingdom since he has not featured in any international games for Brazil. However, the Liverpool hierarchy is confident of getting his signature.
Teixeira has scored 4 goals in 10 appearances in the Champions League this season and Klopp is confident that the Brazilian will flourish in the Premier League and will perform better than Firminho, Benteke and Sturridge.
Benteke is currently Liverpool’s top goal scorer in the Premier League with a meager six goals in 19 appearances. Benteke arrived in Liverpool from Aston Villa last summer.
Firminho, who arrived from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim has scored just three times and Sturridge has found the net twice this season.
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