Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told reporters that he's not prepared to pay "Disneyland" money for Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira, as Chelsea continue to show interest in the attacking midfielder.
The Reds have put a £24.5 million offer on the table, yet it seems unlikely to be enough—particularly with the Premier League champions sniffing around.
Yet Klopp says that he won't be forced into throwing endless money at clubs to secure signings, as said cash is better spent elsewhere—via Sam Wallace and Peter Ferguson of the Daily Telegraph:
You can’t just go ‘we have money’, and throw it away and take any players you want. It is always about the decision, you can sign a lot of rubbish with money or you can make really good decisions. I cannot say, ‘it is only money going somewhere else’. We have money, but we are not in Disneyland and can say, ‘come on, take what you want’. We have a budget, we work with it. We have a lot of things to do; the club is building a stand, this is for the long-term development of the club.
The Liverpool boss' words come on the same day that the club's managing director Ian Ayre returned to Merseyside after opening talks with Shakhtar about Teixeira in the U.S.
And that uncovered just how far off the mark the Reds are with their current bid, as the Ukrainian outfit value their star man at £38 million.
For good reason, too, as Teixeira has simply dominated Ukraine's top flight this season. He's incredibly versatile and has the ability to seamlessly switch from the heart of the attack to a wide position.
Eastern European football commentator John Bradley is one of Teixeira's many admirers:
Alex Teixeira is one of those brilliant young talents who took time to fulfil potential, but he's fulfilled it now. He's the real deal— John Bradley (@JBcommentator) January 21, 2016
But where would he fit in at Anfield? Well, Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe believes the Brazilian would completely transform the Reds' attack and send the likes of Christian Benteke to the bench:
Teixeira would undoubtedly give Liverpool another dimension going forward, and although Klopp is reluctant to splash out £38 million, you get the sense that he won’t cave as easily as he suggests.
Should Liverpool go all out and offer £38 million for Alex Teixeira?
The Reds desperately need to add some class to their lineup if they're to finish in the Premier League’s top four, and the Brazilian would be a great place to start on that mission.
The Portuguese youngster has been a standout performer for Lorient this season, with his attacking prowess really catching the eye.
He's a lot like current Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno in the sense that he's adventurous and pacey, although he's a bit more disciplined than his Spanish counterpart.
The Reds are said to be looking to negotiate Guerreiro heading to Anfield in the summer ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
If the Reds are to become one of the superpowers of English football again, then they need to spend sensibly in the transfer window.