Liverpool Transfer News: Alex Teixeira Bid Made, Robert Lewandowski Rumours

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2016

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira (L) vies with Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Shakhtar Donetsk on December 8, 2015 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.  AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE / AFP / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have reportedly opened discussions with Shakhtar Donetsk over a move for prolific forward Alex Teixeira.

Chelsea have previously been linked with the Brazilian star, but Liverpool have now sent "a club delegation, including chief executive Ian Ayre," to Orlando, Florida, to attempt to thrash out a deal, per MailOnline's Simon Jones.

The Times' Tony Barrett indicated the Reds have made a €32 million (£24.6 million) offer for the 26-year-old, although the Ukrainians are looking for nearer to €50 million (£38.5 million) if they are to sell one of their best players:

Contrastingly, Jones reported Shakthar would be "willing to sell" for £29 million.

Teixeira has been in flying form this season, netting 22 league goals in just 15 matches, the kind of return that would benefit Liverpool hugely, per WhoScored.com.

Commentator John Bradley believes he could be a brilliant addition at Anfield: 

Liverpool have been looking to add firepower to their squad in the January transfer window—Bleacher Report's Dean Jones recently pouring cold water on the links to Southampton's Shane Long—and Teixeira could well be the ideal purchase:

While he is not a proven goalscorer in the Premier League, he has shown his quality this season and could likely fit in well with compatriots Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho in Liverpool's attack—he certainly seems better suited to manager Jurgen Klopp's system than Christian Benteke.

However, it looks as though Liverpool are going to have to spend big to get their man, but given their various expensive errors in the transfer market recently, they may be loath to take another risk.

Another likely expensive target Liverpool are reportedly pursuing is Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Bayern Munich vs FC Ingolstadt 04 in Munich, southern Germany, on December 12, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE

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According to the Telegraph, Klopp is hoping he can convince the Pole to reject Real Madrid's advances and move to Anfield, Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer having recently confirmed the interest from Los Blancos: "Robert Lewandowski has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Real Madrid."

Lewandowski rose to prominence under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, and thus there is a chance he could persuade him to move to Merseyside, but he would be taking a big step down from Bayern.

He would be worth splashing big cash on, though, as he is a proven top-level goalscorer—15 in 16 Bundesliga appearances this season, per WhoScored.com—but it looks like a move that would be impossible for the Reds to pull off.