Liverpool failed with a big money move for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira in the January transfer window - and now it looks like their chances of landing the Brazilian are gone for good.
The Reds reportedly lodged an offer worth around £30 million for Teixeira's services before the winter window closed, but with his club holding out for his full release clause of £50 million, the deal failed to materialise.
"It was a common decision on Teixeira," said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp afterwards. "We said we can't play this game until the end.
"We made offers, I won't say too much about that, but they were realistic with the plusses of it being January, the Premier League, all the plusses you have when you make negotiations. But it was a case of: 'If you don't want it, OK, we can't change the situation, both for now and the future."
Any plans that the Merseyside club may have had of making another move in the summer for the 26-year-old have now gone up in smoke, with the Daily Mail reporting that he is close to joining Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in a deal worth £35 million.
The move is the latest example of Chinese clubs splashing big on European-based players, following former Chelsea midfielder Ramires' £25 million switch to Jiangsu earlier this month, and Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez's £35 million move to Guaghzuo Evergrande.
The Chinese transfer window doesn't close until February 26, and the Mail say that a deal for Teixeira, who has 26 goals in 25 games this season, is being worked on with the hope of being completed in the coming days.
Liverpool's failure to land a new forward in the January window was criticised by some fans. Daniel Sturridge hasn't played since December, although he is close to working his way back to full fitness, while Christian Benteke hasn't scored in 10 consecutive games across all competitions.
Their lack of a goalscoring threat was exposed on Tuesday as Klopp's men fell to a 2-0 defeat against table-topping Leicester, leaving them 11 points adrift of the top four race with 14 league games remaining.
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