Shakhtar Donetsk have reportedly opened talks with Liverpool over the possible transfer of Alex Teixeira in a move that could ruin Chelsea’s chances of landing their long term target.
According to source at the Ukrainian club who told the Guardian, Liverpool are so far the only club who have made an official approach for Teixeira.
Teixeira, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge has scored 67 goals in 146 league games for the Ukrainian team in five years at the club. The Brazilian has scored 22 league goals in 15 league games this season, three goals less than Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool who have scored only 25 goals in 22 league games this season and nine behind Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea total.
Liverpool who are believed to have offered €32m (£24.6m) for the Shakhtar forward, with their chief executive, Ian Ayre, flying to Florida to try to clinch a deal.
Shakhtar, who are in Orlando preparing for the Florida Cup, value the 26-year-old at £38m and are unlikely to go much lower, but Liverpool are hopeful they can agree a deal to add firepower to a forward line that has Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, as well as Philippe Coutinho all injured.
Christian Benteke is Liverpool’s highest scorer in the league this season with six. Coutinho has five, Origi one, Sturridge two and Ings two.
Teixeira suffered a hamstring injury – a common sight at Liverpool this season – on Tuesday morning which forced him to miss Shakhtar’s 3-2 friendly defeat by Corinthians on Wednesday. But Shakhtar’s coach, Mircea Lucescu, indicated it was not a serious problem.