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Shock-tar: Donetsk star Teixeira makes surprise move to China for $56 million

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If Jackson Martinez was a “wow” and Ramires was a “WOW”, then the latest star tipped to move to the Chinese Super League is something akin to a “wow-wow-wow-wow-oh-wow”.

After a Premier League move failed to materialize in the January transfer window, Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira could be making the move to China for a whopping $56 million.

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Teixeira is just 26, and this move explains why both Liverpool and Chelsea failed to bring the Brazilian attacker. Jiangsu Suning is the club in question, where Teixeira could team up with Ramires.

Safe to say if we told you months ago that Ramires and Teixeira would be teammates in February, you’d say, “Chelsea”.

More to come, for sure, but this is out-of-this-world stuff. We thought the four Corinthians players heading to China was wild enough, but we’re in next level territory now.

Liverpool told to pay $76 million if they want Teixeira

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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.

VIDEO: Alex Teixeira wants Liverpool move; “would be honor to defend shirt”

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This has to be the biggest “come and get me plea” in history.

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Shakthtar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira, 26, badly wants a move to Liverpool and the striker has been talking about his desire to join the Reds and become a part of the Premier League.

Speaking to Stefano Fusaro of NBC 6 South Florida and Anfield HQ following Shakhtar’s 2016 Florida Cup campaign and as the team trained in the Sunshine State during the Ukrainian Premier League’s winter break, Teixeira had some astonishing comments.

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Take a look at the video above for the interview in full, while here is his answer to what is going on regarding his potential move to Liverpool.

“It is a huge club. So many great players have passed through there. It would be an honor to defend the Liverpool shirt,” Teixeira said. “There has only been one offer, €32m ($34.8 million), and Shakhtar rejected it. I know my agent is still attempting everything possible to help me get to Liverpool.

“The team received one official offer from Liverpool. It was rejected. I don’t know why. It was a great offer. It is frustrating but the manager and the club president decided against it. So now I am just waiting and trying to be patient.”

The long-term Chelsea target was also asked if he thinks he will be lining up with good friend Philippe Coutinho in the second half of this season after spending six years in Ukraine with Shakhtar.

“I don’t know. It’s tough to answer that. I want to be there. It is up to the club president now. I can only hope. I don’t know what else to say,” Teixeira said. “I have played with Coutinho since we were 10 years old. It would be a lot of fun to play with him again.”

Will Jurgen Klopp get this signing over the line before the January transfer window slams shut at 6 p.m. ET on Monday?

Liverpool’s fans, and especially Teixeira, certainly hope so as the Reds need reinforcements up top with Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings still out injured, plus Christian Benteke not really fitting into Klopp’s system so far.

Transfer news: Fernando Torres to Barcelona?!?! Man United’s $85M teen

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Sometimes transfer rumors make you giggle just a bit because they’re so outlandish. Take, for instance, Spanish newspaper AS‘s report that Barcelona will are considering signing — are you ready for this? — Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid in the summer. Watch out, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez!

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In the Premier League, Manchester United, who might just have a new manager by the end of the January transfer window, are said to be willing to break their own world record for most-expensive teenage football ever by paying $85 million for Benfica starlet Renato Sanches, according to the Daily Mail.

One of the more persistent rumors doing the rounds involves Liverpool and Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Alex Teixeira. According to the Telegraph, the 26-year-old has a $55-million buyout clause, which Jurgen Klopp says the Reds are not willing to pay. The Telegraph reckons Liverpool would prefer to pay in the neighborhood of $35 million for Teixeira.

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As for the reigning PL champions, Chelsea, a summer move for Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva is on the cards, according to Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb. The 31-year-old could be viewed as a longer-term replacement for 35-year-old John Terry, who is now operating on the basis of one-year contracts and has not yet been extended beyond the current season.

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City are set to duke it out for 20-year-old Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez. The Mirror is reporting Liverpool are interested in Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel, despite re-signing current starter Simon Mignolet to a new five-year contract this week.

Monday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Rabiot to Arsenal; Vardy to Chelsea

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After yet another shocking defeat at the weekend, more reports are surfacing that Jose Mourinho will be handed plenty of cash in January to try and turn around Chelsea’s fortunes.

The Daily Telegraph believes that Mourinho has earmarked three players — Jamie Vardy, Saido Berahino and Alex Texieira — who could improve the Blues’ attack for the second half of the season.

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It would take a huge fee to sign Vardy, 28, from Leicester City given his current form of 14 goals in 15 games this season but with the Blues able to offer a huge rise in wages, could Vardy turn down an astronomical contract at Stamford Bridge? It would take a lot for him to leave the Premier League leaders. As for Berahino, West Brom turned down a $30 million bid from Tottenham for him in the summer and despite the England U-21 international having plenty of upside, he’s failed to find form so far this season for the Bagges. The wildcard here is Texieira but the Brazilian attacker has been splendid for Ukrainian powerhouse Shakhtar Dontesk and has previously told others that the Blues are in talks with Shakhtar about a $45 million transfer. If he mirrors Willian‘s success at Chelsea, then why not?

Whatever happens in January, it’s highly likely changes will occur at Chelsea as Mourinho must wheel and deal to ship out under-performing stars and rejuvenate his squad with new faces if the defending champs are going to pull away from the relegation zone and make a miraculous challenge for a place in the top four.

Another London club could be doing some business in January with injuries to several key players, once again, hitting Arsenal hard. Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have gone down with long-term knee injuries, meaning Arsene Wenger may need to dip into the market for a short-term option until those players return. A good option on that front could be Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot, 20, who according to the Daily Mail is seeking a loan move in January as regular minutes with his hometown team continue to evade him. Laurent Blanc has an embarrassment of riches in central midfield and Rabiot could fit the bill to help shore up Arsenal’s woes until the end of the season. Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere are scheduled to return from injury in January to help out but the skillful Frenchman may add a little something extra to the mix.

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Another player Arsenal should move for in January is Southampton’s Kenyan destroyer Victor Wanyama. That’s according to former Gunners winger Robert Pires who has told journalists in Nairobi that Wanyama “has the speed, skill and physique. However, I think he needs to score more goals because then he will be world-class material.” Wanyama, 24, joined Saints from Celtic in 2013 for $19 million but has 18 months left on his contract at St Mary’s and Ronald Koeman‘s side blocked a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur as Wanyama momentarily threw his toys out of the pram.

Now that he’s focused, Wanyama has shored up Saints’ midfield but he has yet to score this season after netting three times last campaign. If Arsenal do move for Wanyama it could be next summer as he will have less than a year left on his deal and may be available for less than $20 million. He’d be the true destructive holding midfielder they’ve been searching for and has UEFA Champions League experience under his belt during his time with Celtic. Wanyama is ready to take the next step and follow in the long line of Saints players moving to a top four team, but will Koeman offer him a new long-term contract and will the Kenyan accept it?

Rounding up the transfer rumor roundup, Manchester United are hoping to secure the services of 15-year-old Ajax starlet Juan Familio-Castillo with the Dutch U-16 captain impressing the Red Devils scouts for over a year. According to the Daily Mail, Familio-Castillo could arrive in January as the versatile player can operate in midfield and defense and is highly-rated by the Amsterdam club.