Liverpool target Alex Teixeira is “incredible” and worth £38 million, according to Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu.
According to reports, Liverpool have agreed personal terms with the Brazilian, who has revealed to Brazilian newspaper Globo his desire to leave Shakhtar.
The Reds have had bids of £25m and £28m rejected, according to the Telegraph, but are yet to match Shakhtar’s £38m evaluation.
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It’s a figure that Lucescu believes is justifiable.
He told FourFourTwo: “He is worth €50m (£38m). He’s incredible, very fast, very good technique.
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“I compare him with other players of the same age who changed [the fortunes of] a club, Di Maria for example at Paris Saint-Germain.
“Teixeira can be at the same level, better even. He doesn’t get injured, and every year he gets better and better.”
Huge boost for Klopp
The attacking-midfielder has scored 22 goals in league 15 games this season and Lucescu has given Jurgen Klopp a huge boost by admitting that he doesn’t want to hold the 26-year-old at the club against his will.
He continued: “Our president knows when it is the time for Teixeira to go. I don’t want to keep a player against his desire. He wants to play in a big championship.”
Liverpool have just over five days to meet Shakhtar’s price tag as the January transfer window comes to an end. However, Lucescu went on to admit that the Ukrainian side may keep Teixeira until the summer to help them secure the domestic title.
Chelsea are interested
Chelsea are waiting to pounce if Liverpool continue to dither, according to reports.
Injuries to Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Phillipe Coutinho have hampered Liverpool’s attack this season, but Klopp admitted he wouldn’t act wildly this month.
The Daily Mail reported Klopp saying: “I am a normal, smart guy so why should I throw away money?”
Teixeira, who joined Shakhtar from Brazilian side Vasco de Gama in 2009, sparked rumours that his move to Merseyside is imminent by posing for a photo with a Liverpool fan.
If Teixeira leaves for £38m he will become Shakhtar’s highest-sold player and would follow in the footsteps of Willian and Fernandinho in Brazilian players leaving Shakhtar for the Premier League.