Following Alex Teixeira’s not so subtle “come and get me plea” to Liverpool on Thursday, his club Shakhtar Donetsk have detailed just how much it will cost to get him.
Turns out it’s way more expensive than Liverpool, and other suitors, previously thought. Like, not even in the same city let along ballpark.
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Teixeira, 26, has spent the last six years at Shakhtar but is clearly ready to move on from the Ukrainian giants. The Brazilian forward has scored 26 goals in 25 Ukrainian Premier League and UEFA Champions League outings this season and has been a long-term target of Chelsea, but while he’s been on Shakhtar’s winter tour of Florida Liverpool have become very interested.
So interested in fact that CEO Ian Ayre had flown to the Sunshine State to try and tie up a deal but had a bid of $35 million turned down and now it’s clear it will take over double that if Jurgen Klopp wants to land Teixeira in January.
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Speaking to TV show Football 1 in Ukraine, Shakhtar’s general director Sergiy Palkin revealed exactly what they want and also said Klopp “wants to have a personal meeting in Liverpool” with Teixeira.
“Liverpool stopped after an offer of stopped at €32m and a €4m bonus,” Palkin said. “This is the last number that was announced. Our position is that we do not want to sell Teixeira today.
“We will sell him only at the end of the season. We need to have some good results in the Europa League and the Ukraine championship. At the end of the season we will sit down at the negotiating table… Teixeira has a compensation charge in his contract – the price is €70m. Please, if someone wants him – let them come and declare themselves.”
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There’s playing hardball, and then there’s this.
Shakhtar clearly don’t want to sell Teixeira in the next few days — they’re well withing their rights — before the transfer window shuts next Monday at 6 p.m. ET.
Liverpool could trigger his release clause of $76 million but that’s highly unlikely and now a deal to sign Teixeira in the summer seems the most likely outcome, especially if problems persist with Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke and one, or both, can be moved on.
Teixeira’s good. Real good. But he’s not worth $76 million.