Liverpool's swoop for Shakhtar Donetsk's in-demand forward Alex Teixeira could be in danger because the Ukrainian club won't budge over his valuation.
The Reds are believed to have had one offer of around £25 million for the Brazilian rejected, amidst reports that Shakhtar want £38 million to let him leave.
Chief executive Ian Ayre was believed to be in Florida, where Shakhtar are holding a warm-weather training camp, this week in an attempt to get the deal done, but the chances of Teixeira landing on Merseyside before the window closes on February 1 look slim for now.
The Mirror are reporting that Shakhtar don't feel obliged to negotiate for the 26-year-old, who has 22 goals in 15 league games this term, and now the onus is on Liverpool to either up their offer or walk away from the negotiating table.
They add that Liverpool are hoping that an offer of £30 million, which will include add-ons, will be enough to get the job done, but as it stands that doesn't look to be the case.
Liverpool have looked short of firepower this season thanks to Daniel Sturridge's injury problems and summer signing Christian Benteke's poor form.
The Mirror claim that the Reds' original offer remains on the table with the promise of future payments depending on Teixeira's performance. They quote a source as saying: “We haven’t walked away from it, but the valuations of both clubs remain far apart.”
Chelsea have also been linked with Teixeira, who told Brazilian newspaper Globo this week: "I would like to move in this transfer window and have told them [Shakhtar] that. They have received a very good offer and they are working on a solution. But if I don’t go now then I will leave in the summer.
“After six years in Europe and with Shakhtar we are ready to move and I have spoken to my wife and daughter.”
However Shakhtar would prefer to sell in the summer rather than mid-way through the season, which is behind the high price-tag placed on their star player.
Are Liverpool wasting time by negotiating with Shakhtar Donetsk for a player they don't want to sell?
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