Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow in their ongoing pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira as the Ukraine club's chief executive has revealed that they will not sell him until the summer.
The Reds have reportedly made three separate bids for the Brazilian—the latest worth £31 million—but they have all been rejected as Shakhtar hold out for £38 million, per Sky Sports (via Marc Williams in the Daily Star).
Shakhtar chief Sergei Palkin has now revealed further bad news for the Reds by insisting that Teixeira will not be sold before the end of the current transfer window, while also outlining a fresh valuation for the prolific playmaker, per Football 1 (via the Express' Uche Amako):
They offered €32m (£24.2m) with a €4m (£3m) bonus. We obviously refused to accept it. Our position is that we do not want to sell Teixeira today. We will sell only at the end of the season. We need to show serious results in Europa League and Ukrainian Championship. At the end of the season we will sit down at the negotiating table. His buyout clause is €70m (£50m). Target it if you want it now. We don’t mind.
Teixeira has made himself a very attractive target this season with a hugely impressive goal tally of 22 in 15 matches in the Ukrainian league, per WhoScored.com.
The 26-year-old would fit Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's system, and Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe recently analysed his potential role at Anfield:
Liverpool's attack is currently somewhat below par for a club with title-winning aspirations. Christian Benteke looks something of a misfit leading the line, while Daniel Sturridge's injury concerns continue to frustrate.
Teixeira could do a lot to improve Klopp's attack, as not only is he a goal threat, he would also likely link up well with compatriots Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho.
He is unproven in Europe's top leagues, a potential worry for Liverpool, but Shakhtar have history in producing players who have gone on to excel elsewhere, per German football expert Clark Whitney:
Clark Whitney @Mr_Bundesliga
Liverpool should be excited about Teixeira's pedigree. Fellow Shakhtar exports Costa & Mkhitaryan are BuLi's top 2 players acc'd to Kicker1/23/2016, 7:05:51 AM
It is clear, though, that Shakhtar want to keep him for the time being, and they certainly want more money for Teixeira than Liverpool have offered so far.
Klopp is likely planning an overhaul of his squad in the summer, and Teixeira looks like a key part of the German's future plans.
However, it looks as though he will have to wait to sign him up.
Meanwhile, Borussia Monchengladbach have dealt a similar blow to the Reds over their potential signing of midfielder Granit Xhaka, with the Bundesliga club insisting he will not leave in the current window.
Per Marc Williams in the Daily Star, Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl has ruled out an imminent move for the 23-year-old Swiss: "Granit Xhaka won't be leaving the club during the winter break—that's for sure."
The £37 million-rated Xhaka is seemingly a key target for Klopp, who believes he could be a leader in his side, per SportBild (via Sport Witness):
Sport Witness @Sport_Witness
Klopp has found 'aggressive leader' to sign for Liverpool. https://t.co/C3j8NBG0KT https://t.co/1VdY5l6Mus1/29/2016, 9:44:46 AM
He has certainly proven in the Bundesliga that he is a dominating presence in the middle of the park, and Liverpool will surely return for him in the summer.