Liverpool’s transfer plans for the summer have been dealt a massive blow by top target Alex Teixiera joining Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in a massive £38m deal.
The Reds had been in talks to sign the Brazilian during the January transfer window but baulked at Shakhtar Donetsk’s £35m asking price, according to Sky Sports.
A short statement by the Ukrainian sellers, cited by Sky Sports, read: “Shakhtar thank Alex for the time spent in the team and wish him success at his new club.”
Sky Sports reports that Liverpool were determined to return for the attacker at the end of the season after he issued a come and get me plea to the Premier League club.
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But either Teixeira could not wait until then to leave Shakhtar, or, more likely, he has had his head turned by what Sky Sports understand to be a £185,000-per-week salary.
— Paul Gilmour (@skysportspaulg) February 5, 2016
This is the latest ambitious move by the Chinese Super League, whose season begins in March, as they aim to capitalise on new investment to become a major player in the transfer market.
Recently, Jiangsu Suning signed midfielder Ramires from Chelsea for £25m, and Guangzhou Evergrande signed striker Jackson Martinez for £32m from Atletico Madrid – fees reported by Sky Sports.
Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp must now reassess their options, and hope that none of their other targets are tempted by the lucrative realms of the Far East before the summer.
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