TRANSFER TALK: Alex Teixeira to Liverpool?

Liverpool have been seriously interested in acquiring a new player recently, specifically a goalscorer. One particular player that fits the description is Brazilian attacking midfielder, Alex Teixeira.

From 1999 to 2009, this player had spent a decade of his life playing for a side in his home country, Brazil. Vasco De Gama would be his club during both his youth career and also for his senior years as a professional footballer, up until 2010 – when a new club became interested enough to make a transfer bid for him.

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On 21st December 2009, a bid of 6 Million Euros was accepted by Vasco De Gama and by the time 2010 arrived, he was already a Shakhtar Donetsk player and would make an interesting new start to his career in the Ukrainian Premier League.

How had this player been worth 6M Euros? Well, he had scored 16 times in 92 appearances in all competitions for Vasco De Gama. 10 of his goals had been scored in 51 league games, making an impact on the Brazilian leagues. In his final season, he would win the “Serie B” with Vasco De Gama, as they were promoted to the Brazilian Premier League (Serie A) with his help.  His goalscoring would not stop there though.

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After moving to Shakhtar Donetsk, he would only get to play 3 times in 2010 and didn’t score in those few appearances his new club had chosen him for. But after the end of that season he would start to be chosen to play much more by his new club and would score a minimum of 6 goals per season from then onwards. His current record stands at around 90 goals in all competitions after making 222 appearances, including those made this season. He’d scored 17 (Ukrainian Premier) league goals in 22 appearances in 2014-2015 and is currently breaking that record as he’s scored 22 league goals in just 15 appearances and the 2015-2016 season hasn’t even ended yet.

Teixeria's value has increased significantly since signing for Shakhtar Donetsk

Teixeria’s value has increased significantly since signing for Shakhtar Donetsk

So it’s clear that he’s a natural goalscorer, worth many millions now. Shakhtar Donetsk value him highly (far more highly than the 6M Euros they bought him for) and it’s reported that Liverpool went as far as making a bid of £25M (32M Euros) for him, which has been rejected.

Jürgen Klopp has only spoken briefly about this transfer, not wanting to go into detail in the interviews given or even to think much about Teixeira now largely due to the disappointment of rejection by his club. It was considered a “generous offer” when Liverpool made their 32M Euros transfer bid for Teixeira but it seems his club are prepared to hold out until a new and improved offer is made. The biggest question we need answering is… how much are Liverpool prepared to pay? Is there a limit to how much Liverpool will be willing to offer Shakhtar Donetsk, or have they already proven that they’re asking too much in rejecting a bid of 32M Euros for a player that was worth just 6M Euros only 5 seasons ago?

The player may fit rather well into the Liverpool squad if a bid is accepted finally, with fellow Brazilians Coutinho, Firmino and Lucas all likely to embrace him and make sure he receives a warm welcome to the English Premier League.

João Carlos Teixeira would score Liverpool's third goal against Exeter in the FA Cup, assisted by Christian Benteke.

João Carlos Teixeira would score Liverpool’s third goal against Exeter in the FA Cup, assisted by Christian Benteke.

We even already have a “Teixeira” at Liverpool, our Portuguese midfielder who scored in a recent FA Cup game recently. João Carlos Teixeira. The two players are not directly related, though they share the same family name. Players and fans of Liverpool alike will surely make sure the new Teixeira is made to feel at home if everything goes as we had wanted and we finally sign this player.

So, all we can do is sit and wait for Liverpool to either make a new bid and if we have to wait until the transfer window has closed, then a deal for this player is just never going to happen due to the player’s overvaluation by his own club. Liverpool will not be held to ransom for the players they want and they know when to back out and leave with their millions, instead of being forced to part with too much. He might score goals as easily as Luis Suarez, but Teixeira certainly isn’t worth as much in Euros as Suarez was, even if his club want him to be.

There’s no guarantees in the transfer market. Sometimes deals just fall apart. Sometimes clubs ask for too much and the potential buyers go away rather than completing a transfer by offering “crazy money” for one player. Cross your fingers and walk on with hope in your heart, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

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I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

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