With Liverpool determined to sign Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira this January, their second bid has reportedly been rejected by Shakhtar Donetsk.
Teixeira was subject of an unsuccessful bid of around £24 million last week, but with the player and his suitor both determined to seal the move this month, Liverpool increased their offer.
But according to the Mail‘s Simon Jones, Shakhtar rebuffed this attempt, believed to be worth £28 million.
The 26-year-old has scored 26 goals in 26 games so far this season, and is seen as the ideal addition to Jurgen Klopp‘s forward line.
Shakhtar are thought to value Teixeira at closer to £38 million, however, leaving a considerable between the two clubs’ standing.
Teixeira has expressed a desire to join Liverpool this month, and described Liverpool’s initial bid as “a very good offer,” but with Shakhtar looking set to hold on to the former Vasco da Gama youth, Klopp must now consider whether he is worth this inflated valuation.
As Jones notes, the Ukrainian side’s history in the transfer market suggests this could be a difficult deal for Liverpool to secure.
Seven of the top 10 most expensive transfers out of the Ukraine came from Shakhtar, with the club raking in close to £60 million through the sales of Willian and Fernandinho in 2013, to Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference on Monday morning, ahead of Liverpool’s League Cup semi-final clash with Stoke City, Klopp dismissed questions about interest in Teixeira.
“Things like this there’s nothing to say,” he stressed.
“I have nothing to say.”
With the deal inching closer and closer to a club record fee, higher than that which secured the signing of Andy Carroll from Newcastle United in 2011, the German must consider whether this should be the case for the long term.
Chelsea are also interested in signing Teixeira this month, and with midfielder Ramires close to a big-money move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning, the Blues could be preparing a bid.