Thursday morning delivered hugely unexpected news, in Liverpool’s £25 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira.
Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre is said to have travelled to Florida to discuss a possible move for Teixeira this January.
Shakhtar are at a winter training camp in Miami, and Ayre will be confident that, despite the initial offer being below the Ukrainian club’s valuation for the attacking midfielder, a deal can be agreed.
Reports of Liverpool’s bid for Teixeira came out of the blue, provoking considerable reaction on Twitter.
Some focussed on the merits of signing another fleet-footed, Brazilian to add to Jurgen Klopp‘s attacking ranks.
While others sought out the numbers.
Many praised the club’s under-the-radar transfer business, noting widespread reports of a move for Southampton’s Shane Long.
‘ptt’ in the forums commented:
Seems to have superb composure in front of and a good eye for goal plus a real dogged tenacity. Won’t get as many dodgey keepers over here (except in training) but looks like a real player :-)
Come on Ian, get him signed!
Naturally, with Teixeira plying his trade in only Brazil and the Ukraine so far throughout his career, some had never heard of the 26-year-old.
Finally, with Liverpool’s injury problems attack well known, journalist Melissa Reddy highlighted Teixeira’s physical robustness:
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