Liverpool Transfer News: Alex Teixeira Requests Reds Move, Latest Rumours

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2016

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League group A football match between Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on December 8, 2015.  / AFP / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Liverpool target Alex Teixeira has told Shakhtar Donetsk he wants to leave the club and push through a move to Merseyside this week, while Genoa's Mattia Perin is the latest goalkeeper to be linked with a switch to Anfield.

According to Sky Sports, manager Jurgen Klopp's side may have moved in front of Chelsea in the race to sign Teixeira after Liverpool reportedly made an offer worth £25 million for the 26-year-old.

Liverpool are reported to have offered £25 million for Teixeira (right).
Liverpool are reported to have offered £25 million for Teixeira (right).Christophe Ena/Associated Press

The Reds are hoping Teixeira will join a burgeoning Brazilian contingent at Anfield following the summer arrival of Roberto Firmino. Sky Sports' suggestion that he allegedly thinks of Reds duo Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Leiva as "two of his best friends in the game" helps their case.

However, the Liverpool Echo's Neil Jones indicated there could be a long way to go in negotiations, reporting that the Reds are "well short" of the asking price despite the supposed £25 million offer:

Teixeira has scored 26 goals in 26 games for Shakhtar this season, but the South American may be lacking in match fitness, considering he hasn't played a competitive match since early December.

Speaking to Brazilian newspaper Globo recently, Teixeira confirmed he'll leave the Ukrainian champions in 2016, this summer if not in the remaining days of the winter window (h/t the Guardian's Marcus Christenson and Thiago Rabelo):

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.

The attacking midfielder may be buoyed by compatriot Firmino's recent upturn in form, with the Liverpool forward having bagged braces in two of his last three league outings.

However, it does raise some questions as to where Teixeira would fit if he were to arrive at the club, with Coutinho competing in a similar area.

Teixeira has told Shakhtar he wants to leave the club.
Teixeira has told Shakhtar he wants to leave the club.Efrem Lukatsky/Associated Press

Speculation regarding the South American's potential switch went haywire after George Bellshaw of the Metro reported Teixeira had "liked" Coutinho's recent Liverpool-themed post on Instagram, the ever-ambiguous indicator of a player's transfer intentions.

However, Match of the Day questioned whether Liverpool should be looking to strengthen their attack at all when other areas of the pitch look as though they're in need of recruitment:

Meanwhile, Genoa No. 1 Perin is reportedly attracting interest from Anfield despite the fact that incumbent stopper Simon Mignolet recently signed a new five-year contract with the Merseyside outfit.

According to the Daily Star's Marc Williams, both Liverpool and Manchester United are examining the 23-year-old, but Sky Sports' Manuele Baiocchini confirmed the Red Devils have already scouted his talents:

Liverpool's defence has holes, as the Merseysiders had to strike late in a 5-4 win at Norwich City on Saturday, although Mignolet was not solely to blame for the goal-laden affair.

Perin has made 113 Serie A appearances for Genoa and Pescara, and he earned his only cap for Italy in 2014. A move to a club like Liverpool, though, could see his international prospects improve.