Liverpool Transfer News: Denis Cheryshev Blow, Latest on Alex Teixeira Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2016

Real Madrid’s Denis Cheryshev, left, fights for the ball with RC Celta’s Augusto Fernandez during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and Real Madrid, at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)
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Liverpool look set to miss out on Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev but have not given up hope of signing Shakhtar Donetsk's Alex Teixeira on transfer deadline day.

Per Sport, the Reds were handed a lifeline in their pursuit of Cheryshev on Sunday when Real manager Zinedine Zidane said: "It looks like Cheryshev will leave during the current transfer window. He need playing time—I wish him the best."

However, according to Ruben Jimenez of Spanish outlet Marca, (h/t Alex Harris of the Daily Star), the 25-year-old looks set to join Sevilla on loan instead of Liverpool.

Like with many transfer storiesparticularly on deadline daythere have been conflicting reports, though.

Sports reporter and broadcaster Rob Palmer expected Cheryshev to be heading to Anfield, while Spanish football expert Guillem Balague reported the Reds were not currently pursuing him anyway:

Meanwhile, Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo (h/t Sport Witness) report the pair are locked in battle for his signature, though Sevilla are tipped to emerge on top:

The winger will almost certainly be on the move on Monday as he looks to secure a place in Russia's UEFA Euro 2016 squad and neither a move to Liverpool or Sevilla would be a surprise.

Cheryshev has spent a brief period on loan at the latter in the past, though, so it seems his most likely destination is a return to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

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As for Teixeira, Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror reports the Reds "are unwilling to raise their bid much further than £30 million," but in light of the Brazilian's desire to join the Merseyside outfit they're remaining in pursuit of his signature.

NBC 6's Stefan Fusaro is expecting talks to go down to the wire:

However, Sky Sports News HQ are reporting that the Ukrainian club are proving stubborn in their negotiations, and that could prove too big an obstacle for the Reds to overcome before the deadline:

Indeed, Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin last week told Ukrainian television show Football 1 (h/t the Daily Star):

Teixeira has a compensation charge in his contractthe price is 70 million (£53 million). Please, if someone wants him—let them come and declare themselves.

Liverpool stopped after an offer of 32 million (£24 million) and a €4 million (£3 million) bonus.

We obviously refused to accept it. This is the last number that was announced. Our position is that we do not want to sell Teixeira today.

We will sell him only at the end of the season. We need to have some good results in the Europa League and the Ukraine championship.

Teixeira, who has scored 26 goals in as many games this season, could well be an outstanding buy for Liverpool and give them some much-needed firepower.

However, with Shakhtar proving so obstinate, the Reds may well have to wait until the summer to get their man, and they may have to pay over the odds to get him.


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