Alex Teixeira still harbours ambitions to play in the Premier League in the future, according to his former Vasco da Gama team-mate and friend Josef de Souza.
The Brazilian playmaker moved from Shakhtar Donetsk to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning in the winter transfer window for €50 million (£38 million) despite Liverpool being long linked with him, per the Press Association (via the Guardian).
The Reds reportedly refused to meet Shakhtar's asking price for Teixeira, and he eventually decided to move to the Chinese Super League, but De Souza claims his friend's heart is still set on a move to the Premier League, per Brazilian TV station Esporte Interativo (via the Daily Star's Colin Harvey):
I spoke to Alex, and really, he said that things were well advanced [to go to Liverpool]. And then I talked to him again, when he signed for the club from China. And Alex, I can say that he was totally willing to go to the Premier League. And he still keeps that dream, from what he told me, in his heart.
Of course he wanted to play for Liverpool, play in the Premier League. But it happened, football has these things. I think it was good for him, good for his family. Our career is very short, and the more you can combine one thing with another: play in a good league and earn money, that's great. But if you can’t put the two together, it is obvious that filling your pockets will speak much louder.
Teixeira made himself an attractive target in January after a stellar first half of the season with Shakhtar, in which he netted 22 times in 15 league matches, per WhoScored.com.
He could have been a fine addition at Liverpool, particularly as part of an all-Brazilian forward line alongside Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
Bleacher Report's Dean Jones labelled Liverpool's pursuit of the 26-year-old as "a waste of time":
But it seems it could yet pay dividends if Teixeira wants a move in the future.
He signed on to a four-year deal with Jiangsu Suning, reportedly worth around £185,000 a week after tax, per Sky Sports' Lyall Thomas.
He could look to move again after a couple of seasons in the Far East, and Liverpool would seemingly be a good fit.
Teixeira is just hitting his prime and could remain a top-class player for a good five years to come, so Liverpool may still be able to benefit from his talent in the future.
Meanwhile, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly eyeing a move for Malaga defensive midfielder Ignacio Camacho.
According to John Cross in the Mirror, the "cash-strapped" La Liga side could be open to selling the 25-year-old for as little as £4 million in the summer, and the Reds could be the beneficiaries.
Klopp's two confirmed signings of his Anfield tenure so far have been secured at a reasonable price, per football writer Dave O'Connell:
Joel Matip and Marko Grujic signed for a grand total of £5.1million. Shrewd business.2016-2-15 11:51:17
Buying Camacho in a cut-price deal would be another excellent piece of business, as he would work well in the Liverpool squad and add some much-needed steel to the midfield, per Bleacher Report's Jack Lusby.