Liverpool told to pay £53m to land major target now

Liverpool’s hopes of landing Alex Teixeira this month appear to be dead in the water, with Shakhtar Donetsk’s CEO, Sergi Palkin, having claimed that only a release clause-triggering €70m (£53m) offer will be sufficient this month.

The Reds have been linked with the free-scoring Brazilian attacking midfielder over the course of the past week, and had appeared on course to lure him to Anfield after the player himself declared his desire to join the Merseyside club.

However, Shakhtar have remained resolute, with their supposed valuation of £39m having not been met by Liverpool, who have tabled just one offer worth around £24.5m.

But, Palkin, has now come out to say that his side have no desire to sell this month at all, and that only a £53m offer will be enough:

“They offered €32m (£24.5million) with a €4m (£3m) bonus,” he is quoted by soccer.ru. “We obviously refused to accept it.

“Our position is that we do not want to sell Teixeira today. We will sell only at the end of the season. We need to show serious results in Europa League and Ukrainian Championship.

“At the end of the season we will sit down at the negotiating table.

“His buyout clause is €70m (£53m). Target it if you want it now. We don’t mind.”

Teixeira has netted a stunning 22 goals in just 15 league games for Shakhtar this season, and is known to be close friends with current Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Article title: Liverpool told to pay £53m to land major target now

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