Ian Ayre and his team of delegates have returned to England without having finalised a deal for Alex Teixeira, the Guardian report.
Liverpool sent the officials over to Florida yesterday to thrash out a deal with Shakhtar’s representatives, with the Ukrainians currently enjoying a friendly tournament in Orlando.
Liverpool’s £24.6m bid was rebuffed with Shakhtar wanting £38m, say the Guardian, but thankfully – the Donbass Arena outfit are still willing to negotiate from now until the end of the January window. We have roughly one week to conclude a deal.
Dominic King in the Mail claims Shakhtar will actually do business for closer to £30m, which seems a reasonable and realistic price-tag – considering we spent more than that on Christian Benteke.
Simon Jones in a separate Mail article claims Liverpool hope to secure Teixeira’s work-permit based on a points system, as the 26-year-old has never actually been capped by Brazil – despite a record of 22 goals in 15 league games this term. Teixeira needs four points to qualify, which judging by this – should be a given:
The attacking midfielder would inject goals, class and speed into our side – three things currently lacking.
He’s one of the top scorers in Europe so far this term, made all the more impressive because he doesn’t start up top.