Chelsea target Alex Teixeira given permission to leave Shakhtar Donetsk

SK Rapid Vienna v FC Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League: Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg

Chelsea's pursuit of Alex Teixeira has been given a major boost, following Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu's admission that he wouldn't stop the Brazilian from joining a top European club, according to Sky Sports.

The attacking midfielder has been in outstanding form this season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions for the Ukrainian outfit.

Lucescu said: "If there is an offer that will satisfy both player and the club I will fully support his move.


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"I want to see my players perform in the best, top teams in Europe. This means that both my assistants and I have not been working in vain for so many years."

With Chelsea currently enduring a tough season which saw previous manager Jose Mourinho sacked recently, Teixeira could add much-needed flair and propel the club back into the top four.

With a January move unlikely, though, Chelsea may have to wait until the summer to sign the Brazilian.

Shakhtar's star man has flourished since Douglas Costa - a previous target for Chelsea - completed his move to Bayern Munich last summer.

Playing predominantly as an attacking midfielder, Teixeira has scored just four less league goals (22) than the whole of the Chelsea squad have managed in the Premier League this season (26).

SK Rapid Vienna v FC Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League: Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg

With the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar capable of playing in the no.10 role, the 26-year-old would face considerable competition for a consistent spot in the team, though it remains the case each of the aforementioned three have struggled for form this season.

Chelsea's optimistic push for a European place seems out of sight, but a signing like Teixeira over the summer would be a firm statement of intent for next season.

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