Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning: Latest Transfer Details, Reaction and More

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2016

FC Shakhtar's Alex Teixeira attends a press conference at Arena Lviv stadium in Lviv, Western Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015.   PSG and FC Shakhtar will play on Wednesday in Group A Champions League soccer match  in Lviv. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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Liverpool target Alex Teixeira has finally completed his long-awaited move away from Shakhtar Donetsk, and joined Jiangsu Suning of China. 

The Ukrainian club confirmed on Friday that the forward will complete the transfer for €50 million (£38.5 million), joining Ramires who recently signed from Chelsea: "Shakhtar Donetsk and Jiangsu Suning FC have agreed on all the necessary formalities for the transfer of Alex Teixeira to the Chinese club. Transfer fee for the Brazilian midfielder is €50 million."

Uche Amako of the Express previously reported that Liverpool made a bid of £25 million for Teixeira. 

The 26-year-old ace has enjoyed a fantastic 2015-16 season so far and comfortably crossed the 20-goal mark in Ukraine, per

Taking over the role as main scorer from Douglas Costa, who joined Bayern Munich during the 2015 summer transfer window, Teixeira quickly became Shakhtar's top attacking option.

Transfer rumours started to swirl, however, and the midfielder did little to slow them down. As the January transfer window wore on, he eventually told Globo (h/t talkSPORT) he wanted to leave Shakhtar and move to the Premier League.

Here's a look at some of his highlights:

While Teixeira has put up some gaudy scoring numbers in Ukraine this season, he's not a striker, but rather a ball-dominant attacking midfielder.

He loves to run into the box from deep or take shots from distance, and he has superb timing and instincts when the ball is worked out wide.

Football commentator John Bradley doesn't doubt his talent:

Shakhtar have a superb reputation when it comes to finding and nurturing Brazilian talent, and the likes of Willian, Douglas Costa and Fernandinho have all gone on to have success abroad. 

The exodus of players joining Chinese clubs will shock many of Europe's elite teams, and Teixeira was tipped to be a success in England if he joined the Anfield giants.

His career return at Shakhtar was an impressive 89 goals in 223 appearances and he won five Ukrainian league titles at the club.

The talent pool is unquestionably growing in China, and Teixeira's big-money move will surely entice others to follow his lead.