At one point in the January transfer window, it looked certain that Alex Teixeira would join Liverpool.
Chief executive Ian Ayre flew out to Florida to meet the 26-year-old whilst the playmaker was on a winter training camp with Shakhtar Donetsk.
During negotiations, Teixeira spoke publicly about his desire of playing in the Premier League and admitted he was interested in moving to Liverpool.
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However, the Ukrainian club were holding out for £38 million for their star man, a price Liverpool were unwilling to pay.
The window slammed shut and Liverpool couldn’t complete a deal with the talented attacking midfielder. The club weren't too concerned, they were keen to renew their interest in Teixeira again in the summer.
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But with the Chinese transfer window closing slightly later than the one in England, Super League club Jiangsu Suning nipped in to steal Teixeira by coughing up the £38 million asking price.
The transfer seemed to mean that any move to Liverpool in the near future looked highly unlikely but, Teixeira’s friend and former teammate, Josef de Souza reveals that the Brazilian is still dreaming of a move to Anfield.
De Souza is currently playing for Fenerbahce but played alongside Teixeira at Vasco da Gama in their native Brazil revealed he had conversations with the Liverpool target throughout January.
"I spoke to Alex, and really, he said that things were well advanced [To go to Liverpool],” he told Brazilian TV channel Esparto Interativo, as per Liverpool Echo.
“And then I talked to him again, when he signed for the club from China.
“And Alex, I can say that he was totally willing to go to the Premier League. And he still keeps that dream [playing for Liverpool], from what he told me, in his heart.
"Of course he wanted to play for Liverpool, play in the Premier League. But it happened, football has these things.
"I think it was good for him, good for his family. Our career is very short, and the more you can combine one thing with another: play in a good league and earn money, that's great.
"But if you can’t put the two together, it is obvious that filling your pockets will speak much louder,” he concluded.
Teixeira had attracted interest from clubs in January after scoring 22 goals in 15 league matches for Donetsk this season.
Both Liverpool and Chelsea were reported to be interested in bringing him to the Premier League but they couldn’t compete with the money being spent by Chinese clubs in January.
Teixeira will join Ramires at Jiangsu Suning after they paid £25 million for the former Chelsea midfielder.
Elsewhere, Colombian Jackson Martinez joined Super League rivals Guangzhou Evergrande in a deal believed to be worth almost £40 million and Ezequiel Lavezzi became the fifth highest paid player in the world, earning £10 million-a-year, when he joined the aptly named Hebei China Fortune.