Liverpool’s pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira appears to have taken an upward curve today with the Ukrainian club’s head coach saying they will not keep the forward against his will.
The Reds are determined to sign Teixeira, identified by Jurgen Klopp as an answer to his side’s blunt attack, but have had two bids rejected this month.
Shakhtar value at around £38m. Liverpool are reluctant to go higher than £29m, with negotiations stuttering as a result. Chelsea are also interested in Teixeira, a 26-year-old Brazilian who has scored 10 goals in 10 games this season, and the player says he wants to move on this month.
Now head coach Mircea Lucescu, speaking to FourFourTwo, said: “I don’t want to keep a player against his desire. He wants to play in a big championship.
“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, 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.”
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.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail claim Liverpool are one of a number of clubs monitoring Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, who has scored 15 goals this season.
The 22-year-old is valued at around £25 by the Ligue 1 side, with Manchester United, West Ham and Aston Villa all reported to be showing an interest.
And following claims from Phil Thompson, the Liverpool legend, that the side should sign the Stoke centre-back Ryan Shawcross, the Daily Express report that a bid is imminent. The Express say Klopp has identified Shawcross as a target to bolster his defence – not that Stoke will want to sell.
One player who appears on his way out of Anfield is 19-year-old striker Jerome Sinclair. The Daily Telegraph report Sinclair has told Klopp he wants to leave the club before this month’s transfer window shuts.
Sinclair wants to leave Anfield, where he does not believe he has a chance of first-team football. Watford would like to sign him, but may not meet Liverpool’s £3m for the youngster as he only has six months remaining on his contract.
The Telegraph report that Watford could wait until the end of the season to move for Sinclair, therefore avoiding a Premier League tribunal.