Chelsea have made contact with Shakhtar Donetsk over Brazilian forward Alex Teixeira and are interested in signing him in the near future.
Don’t believe us? Well, the confirmation comes from the man himself, who admitted - as per the Daily Mirror - that he is ‘glad’ to have received a proposal from the Blues and opened up on a move to England being a dream.
The 25-year-old goal machine has found the back of the net 23 times in 23 appearances so far this term and certainly appears to favour a transfer to Stamford Bridge.
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He conceded that the possibility of a January move was unlikely, but talked up the idea of a switch at the end of the campaign.
“I’m glad to have received that proposal from Chelsea, they’re a great club in Europe," Teixeira said.
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"What I’ve seen, and what my manager has said, is that Chelsea, Juventus and PSG made offers. But Chelsea and Juventus are deeper into negotiations.
“They’re three big clubs. Wherever I go, I’ll be happy.
“It’s my dream [to go to England]. I’ve spoken to many people who have the desire to play in the Premier League, because I think it’s the best in the world, more contested, and I want to have this challenge in my career.
"I think it’ll be very difficult in January because it is in the middle of the championship. Shakhtar have said they won’t let me leave in January, only at the end of the season.”
Adding a new striker
Naturally, given that Chelsea have struggled for goals this season, the addition of another player who can be a genuine threat in the box is one that Jose Mourinho will look for soon.
Recent reports have insisted that the Blues might dip into the winter transfer market as they look for a quick-fix.
Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor have both been linked with surprise moves though fans will probably prefer the idea that Mourinho is keeping the long-term future of the club in his mind’s eye.
A good buy?
In that respect, Teixeira could prove to be an astute purchase. There’s always a gamble involving bringing foreign high-flyers to the Premier League, but at 25 he looks to have the ability and potential to grow that would be needed.
Here's a little taster of what he can do:
Chelsea fans, do you need to sign a new striker? Would you prefer a more reputable name that Teixeira? Leave thoughts and opinions in the comments box below.