Liverpool are reportedly in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk to bring their star striker Alex Teixeira to Anfield this month. It's surely exciting news for their supporters given the Brazilian’s impressive tally this term - netting 22 goals in 15 league games.
However, according to the Guardian, the £24.6 million bid Liverpool submitted, which was fairly respectable and reasonable in regards of the ability of the 26-year-old, was only countered by a staggering €50 million valuation by the Ukrainian Club.
The enormous price tag didn’t come as a big surprise in today's crazy market, but the Reds should now be wise enough not to say yes easily after their £61.5 million attacking duo Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino have not come close to proving their worth yet.
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Teixeira is fast and direct when going forward and quite reliable in front of goal. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old is also capable of setting up goals for his teammates. Such a well-rounded forward would certainly improve Liverpool's attacking line, which has been an obvious weakness for Jurgen Klopp this season.
And yet, Liverpool should avoid being solely obsessed with one target in the transfer window - as is their tendency. If history is any indication, it will only result in an overwhelming transfer fee that works against both the player and the club.
More importantly, an offer in the region of €40 million would open up the possibility of landing Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon or Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan, with the former just 23 and the latter 22-years-old.
Among these three sensational strikers, is one really better than the other? It’s hard to say, but diluting their interest towards Teixeira will definitely work in their favor in the negotiations.
There is no denying that Teixeira is a great player, however, only players of tremendous flair and potential in the transfer market like Juventus in-form striker Paulo Dybala can live up to a €50 million price tag. Therefore, Liverpool should remain calm and not put all their eggs in one basket to avoid making the same mistake that has haunted their last few transfer windows.