Liverpool’s protracted pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira has received a boost after the Ukrainian club’s manager said he wouldn’t stand in the his way. The Reds have failed with two bids to land the 26-year-old in recent weeks, the most recent amounting to £28m, but are likely to return with a third offer closer to Shakhtar’s valuation.
“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.”
Chelsea could face sanctions if they are found guilty of fielding an ineligible player when Bertrand Traore - 16-years-old at the time - represented the under-18s side in an apparent breach of Fifa regulations. The Premier League champions, according to Press Association, could even face a transfer embargo if the incident is investigated.
Big January transfers that may go through this week
Big January transfers that may go through this week
1/6 Loic Remy - Chelsea to Leicester City, £11.5m
The ex-QPR and Newcastle striker look set to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge. The signing of Brazillian forward Alexandre Pato means that the French international is now considered surplus to requirements at the champions. Whilst Newcastle and Crystal Palace has been interested in the player he now looks set to be heading to high-flying Leicester City. An £11.5m bid from Claudio Ranieri is expected to mean that Remy will join Jamie Vardy and Riyah Mahrez at the King Power stadium.
2/6 Alex Teixeira - Shakhtar Donetsk to Liverpool, £30m
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, is in the midst of an injury crisis at Anfield with Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all out. January is a notoriously challenging time to do business of this magnitude so the Reds’ offer for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira should be commended. Scoring 15 goals in just 22 appearances for the Ukrainian outfit, Liverpool have already failed with two offers, worth £24.5m and £28m respectively, as the transfer window hurtles along. Expect Klopp to go in with a late bid before deadline day.
3/6 Mathieu Debuchy - Arsenal to Sunderland or Aston Villa, six-month loan
Sunderland have reportedly joined fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa in the race to sign Mathieu Debuchy. The Arsenal full-back has fallen out-of-favour at the Emirates this season and will be allowed to leave on loan if the Gunners receive a financial package which matches their valuation. Remi Garde, the Villa manager, has pursued Debuchy’s signature all month but has been frustrated with the lack of progress made.
4/6 Saido Berahino - West Brom to Newcastle or Tottenham, £23m
The unsettled West Bromwich Albion striker is stirring for a move away from the Hawthorns. Tottenham had two bids rejected for the forward in the Summer but are yet to move in for the former England Under 21s man. Whilst Spurs may move late on deadline day to secure a deal they could also face competition from Newcastle. Steve McClaren is thought to be interested in bringing Berahino to the club to form an English triumvirate with Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend. However, Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is thought to be unwilling to sell to a relegation rival.
5/6 Eder - Sampdoria to Leicester City, £10m
Leicester City have been linked with a £10m move for Sampdoria and Italy striker Éder as manager Claudio Ranieri looks for a new forward to spearhead their title challenge. The Foxes are three points clear atop of the Premier League table following the 3-0 demolition of Stoke City on Saturday, but recently offloaded Andrej Kramarić on loan to Hoffenheim for the rest of the season. Sky Sports Italia report Leicester are prepared to meet Sampdoria’s valuation for the 29-year-old, who has scored twice in eight appearances for the Azzurri.
6/6 Renato Sanches - Benfica to Manchester United, £30m
The name of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches has dominated most of Manchester United's transfer talk in the window's closing stages. The youngster has a £60million release clause but the Portuguese club may be willing to strike a deal for half that amount.
A Fifa spokesperson said: "We are not in a position to comment on any investigations that are ongoing so as not to compromise the process, nor do we provide any comments as to whether or not any investigations are under way." Chelsea, meanwhile, insist the Burkina Faso-born star was subject of an option agreement meaning he could play in friendly fixtures. The Blues hope to complete a deal for former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato on a six-month loan this afternoon.
Arsenal have been frustrated after Napoli rejected their offer for Serie A sensation Jorginho, according to TuttoMercatoWeb. The 24-year-old contemplated leaving in the summer after being informed he was surplus to requirements but has since become a key player for the Italians, firing them towards the top of the table.
Napoli are extremely reluctant to sell any of their stars this month as they launch a surprise title bid under combustible manager Maurizio Sarri. It is claimed, however, the Gunners may return for the Brazilian in the summer if they still feel they require midfield cover at the end of the season.
Loic Remy will reportedly cost Newcastle United up to £12m if the North East club want to add the Frenchman to their armoury. With Chelsea expected to announce the arrival of former Brazil international Pato today, the Stamford Bridge outfit are willing to let their second choice striker leave to get first-team football before the European Championship in the summer.
The Magpies know Remy well after a successful loan spell in the 2013/14 campaign saw the 29-year-old score 14 goals in 26 appearances at St James’ Park. Former manager Alan Pardew, now at Crystal Palace is believed to have shown an interest too but he may be satisfied now the Emmanuel Adebayor capture has been wrapped up. Andros Townsend, meanwhile, is expected to complete his £12m switch to Newcastle from Tottenham today.