The media in the UK have been reporting a new possible transfer deal for Liverpool this month as The Times and the Liverpool Echo have claimed that the Anfield club have put in a £24.5m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Alex Teixeira.
The Brazilian has also been linked with Chelsea before the Reds made a move for the player. The Liverpool Echo have also claimed that Ian Ayre has flown out to Florida, where Shakhtar Donetsk are participating in a friendly tournament, to make a formal offer and wrap up any potential deal.
If you have never heard of the Brazilian before, here is everything you need to know.
Alex Teixeira Santos, born in Duque de Caxais, Brazil in January 1990, started his career with Vasco de Game – the same club Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho learned his trade.
In December 2009, the Brazilian moved to Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk and made his full debut for the club in March of 2010 but only made a small few appearances for the rest of the 09/10 campaign. In the 10/11 season, the Brazilian progressed as he managed to score 6 goals in 26 appearances during a season where Shakhtar won the treble.
Teixeira seemed to just get better as time went on at Shakhtar Donetsk as in the 11/12 season he scored 10 times in 37 appearances and was the club’s top goal scorer in the Ukranian Cup as they lifted that trophy along with the league again.
The Ukranian side repeated the same success the following season as Teixeira finished the 12/13 season with 16 goals in 41 competitions – helping him become a fan favourite at the club. Shakhtar regained the title in the 13/14 but Teixeira wasn’t too impressive as he only managed 9 goals in all competitions, but he returned with a vengeance in the 14/15 season as he netted an incredible 22 times in 37 appearances.
This season, the Brazilian has an unbelievable scoring record, as he has managed to score 26 goals in 25 appearances including 3 goals in the Champions League.
The attacker hasn’t created any assists, but Shakhtar have no complaints about the lethal goal scorers form this season. Teixeira has created a reputation for being lethal inside the box as he loves to shoot, is full of tricks and skills and makes great attacking runs for his teammates to pick him out. As well as this, Teixeira has an impressive passing ability as he has a successful passing rate of 90.7% this season, averages 37.8 passes per game and makes an average of 1.2 key passes per game.
The 26 year old is full of pace, has great technique and is guaranteed to score goals which is exactly what Liverpool need right now.
There is still no guarantee that Liverpool can pull off the deal as we have seen in January transfer windows of the last few years, especially the failed attempt to bring in Konoplyanka a couple of years ago.
Although, the fact that Liverpool have sent Chief Executive Ian Ayre out to Florida shows real intent to bring the player to Anfield this month.