Liverpool boost… Major transfer target won’t make shock move

Alex Teixeira will not be departing Shakhtar Donetsk for Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning, leaving the door open for a summer move to Liverpool, according to his manager, Mircea Lucescu.

The Reds were heavily linked with the Brazilian attacking midfielder up to the close of the transfer window just gone, but Anfield chief Jurgen Klopp elected against paying the £38m the Ukrainian giants wanted to get the deal over the line.

However, it has since been suggested that the Merseysiders will revive their move for him at the end of the season, which made recent reports that free-spending Chinese heavyweights Jiangsu are plotting a move a worry for the club, especially with the Far East side allowed to secure transfers up until the end of February.

However, his Shakhtar manager Lucescu has rubbished suggestions Teixeira will follow Ramires – who joined the Asian club from Chelsea – to the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center:

“We haven’t sold Alex Teixera,” he told CalcioMercato. “I am not aware of any negotiations with Chinese clubs – they are just the usual rumours which do the rounds during the transfer periods.

“The lad’s not going anywhere. He’s staying with us until the end of the season.”

Any move to China would have been a real shock, with Teixeira himself having declared that he wants to join Liverpool and boost his chances of winning his first international cap.

The 26-year-old is currently in the form of his life, with 22 league goals in just 15 matches to his name this season.