Chelsea target Alex Teixeira given manager's blessing to leave Shakhtar Donetsk

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Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has claimed he would not stand in the way of his top players moving to the "top clubs in Europe," according to Sky Sports.

Following the opening of the January transfer window, Chelsea have been linked with one of Shakhtar's standout stars of the season, Alex Teixeira. The Brazilian is highly rated in Europe and Lucescu insists he would leave the club with his blessing.

The 70-year-old said: "If there is an offer that will satisfy both player and the club I will fully support his move. I want to see my players perform in the best, top teams in Europe.


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Despite giving his prized asset the green light to leave the club, the Shakhtar boss went on to say that "no official proposals" have been made for the Brazilian.

Teixeira has been fantastic this season, scoring 22 goals in 15 league appearances prior to the Ukrainian Premier League's mid-season winter break.

The 26-year-old also scored three goals in the Champions League group stages, yet his goals couldn't help Shakhtar progress into the last 16, finishing third behind Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

It's unsurprising that Shakhtar appear willing to sell another of their top players given the club's philosophy.

"We signed players, who were 17-19, and brought them to the level of the top clubs," Lucescu continued.

"I wonder how many coaches in Europe are working based on such a scheme?"

The likes of Douglas Costa, Fernando and Luiz Adriano all left the club last season whilst Chelsea have previously dealt with the Ukrainian club, signing Willian in 2013. The Brazilian winger is currently undergoing his finest season at the club.

Despite Teixeira having not made a senior appearance for Brazil, he is widely regarded one of the finest attacking midfielders in Europe, with Chelsea expected to make an official bid during the latter stages of this month.

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