Even though some quarters of the British media reported that the Reds made a second bid of 28 million pounds for the Brazilian, sources closer to the club believe that isn’t the case.
Attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira has been rooting for a move to Liverpool, to join up with Brazilian compatriots Roberto Firmino, Coutinho and Lucas Leiva. He’s expressed his preference to join Liverpool in January and believes that a good bid has been made, which was confirmed as just less than 25 million pounds.
However the Reds have failed to sign players from Russia and Ukraine in recent times, due to the difficulty in finalizing deals and the high asking rates for key players. Similarly, Shakhtar reportedly wants 38 million pounds for Teixeira so Liverpool are far behind their evaluation.
Liverpool fear that he might be priced out of their bracket at the end of the season.
The Reds are hoping that Teixeira’s willingness to join them, might pressurize the Ukrainians to compromising with a lower fee. However, this is a risky game to play, with Chelsea also interested in him. Many Reds fear that Chelsea could hijack the deal in the same fashion they did with Willian, beating both Liverpool and Tottenham to the Brazilian.
Teixeira is hoped to solve Liverpool’s problem of a lack of goals from attacking midfield. Their pursuit of him uniquely resulted in five goals against Norwich on the weekend, including Adam Lallana who’s drought had placed question marks over his long term suitability. So, the others have decided to pull up their socks.
Goal.com correspondent Melissa Reddy is one insider at Liverpool who’s confirmed that they haven’t made a second bid yet. Liverpool will have to throw a stronger second hand to have a chance of Shakhtar considering it. As yet, no second bid has been made.
Understand #LFC have NOT yet made a second bid for Alex Teixeira. Valuation between Reds and Shakhtar still remain far apart.
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) January 25, 2016