Report: Liverpool move for Chelsea target Alex Teixeira

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Reports from multiple outlets including the Liverpool Echo, The Guardian and the BBC claim that Liverpool have made a move to sign Shakhtar Dontesk’s forward Alex Teixeira.

Teixeira, 26, has been linked with a move to Chelsea but according to these reports Liverpool have tabled a $36 million bid for the Brazilian attacker and want to push through the move in January instead of waiting for the summer.

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The reports also state that Liverpool’s Chief Executive Ian Ayre has flown to Florida to meet with Shakhtar and Teixeira as the Ukrainian club are currently competing in the 2016 Florida Cup during their winter break from the Ukrainian Premier League. It is believed they are reluctant to sell Teixeira mid-season, but every player has his price.

Given the fact that Jurgen Klopp‘s side have been struggling to score goals (the stat below sums it up nicely) adding a player who has struck 22 times in 15 league games so far this season makes a lot of sense.

If Teixeira was to arrive then the future of Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke at Anfield would be severely questioned, despite Klopp claiming Benteke has a future with him after the big Belgian has spent plenty of time on the bench of late.

Yes, both of those players are out-and-out strikers while Teixeira can play in the hole, as a false nine our out wide, but with Benteke failing to slot in to Klopp’s plans so far and West Ham United linked with a cheeky bid for Sturridge, perhaps we could see the first major signing and squad reshuffle of Klopp’s Anfield reign. After all, his side sit eight points off the top four with 16 games to go and something has to change if they’re going to turn things around.

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Teixeira certainly seems ready to move on from Shakhtar after spending seven years with the Eastern Ukraine club, scoring 89 goals in 222 appearances in all competitions. Back in November he claimed that both Chelsea and Juventus were in talks to sign him but neither club has come to an agreement and Liverpool is aiming to sneak in under the radar.

With former Shakhtar stars Fernandinho and Willian joining Manchester City and Chelsea respectively in recent seasons and going on to succeed in the PL, Liverpool may fancy their chances of grabbing Teixeira and letting him loose in a fluid front line which would include Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Co.

Seeing as Liverpool lost out to Chelsea for Willian’s signature in the past, perhaps they will be eager for revenge and tie this deal up in January ahead of Chelsea?