Brazilian attacker Alex Teixeira has commented on reports linking with a move to Liverpool, saying he is aware of the Reds’ interest and has told Shakhtar Donetsk he wants to leave.
Liverpool are reported to have placed a £24.5 million bid for the 26-year-old and are considering upping their offer for the versatile attacker.
Teixeira, who wants to break into the Brazil squad for the Copa America this summer has told Brazilian newspaper Globo: “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.”
Teixeira has 22 goals in 15 league games for the Ukrainian side and is clearly seen by Reds boss Jurgen Klopp as part of the solution to Liverpool’s goalscoring problems.
Commenting specifically on Liverpool’s interest, Teixeira said: “It is my desire to move to a big league and I know that the English league is very strong.
“I am ready and I know that I will grow up a lot there. I am aware that two big clubs such as Liverpool and Chelsea are interested but I haven’t given my word to either of them.”
“I am not ruling out other leagues but I do want to play in the Premier League. In my mind, it is the strongest in the world. I want a challenge and to further my career there.
“My aim is to move to a big club so that I can well there and get a place in the Brazil squad.
“Everyone knows that it is hard to achieve and I need to leave here to achieve that goal”
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