Whether you think he is worth £53million, £20million or nothing at all, Alex Teixeira’s January transfer story has been one of the few highlights of a relatively quiet window as of yet.
The young Brazilian is following a tradition of young South Americans making their way to Shakhtar, seeing some success and looking for a big move elsewhere in Europe. Following Douglas Costa’s success at Bayern Munich, the question of whether or not Teixeira would be a success could be a punt Premier League teams Liverpool and Chelsea could take.
Both teams aren’t having the smoothest of seasons and Teixeira’s brand of attacking creativity certainly seems an enterprising prospect. Teixeira has been in scintillating form this year; scoring 22 goals in just 15 games so far this season, and three goals in six Champions League games.
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For an attacking midfielder, his scoring prowess isn’t something either team have had in abundance this season; Benteke has struggled to fit in, Sturridge and Origi have struggled to stay fit and Firmino is carrying a lot of the goal scoring load.
Teixeira isn’t a box-to-box, all action midfielder and any defensive duties would be a new challenge to him; he receives a lot of freedom under his current system at Shakhtar.
This obviously could effect his place in Klopp’s system but his fluid movement and impeccable chance creation are assets Klopp’s team lack going, especially when Coutinho is missing.
South American players have been hit or miss in the Premier League but Teixeira’s impressive form and Champions League pedigree suggest he could be more Coutinho and Sanchez than Forlan and Kleberson.
The point of friction that seems to have created this entire saga, as it so often is, is price. Shakhtar’s valuation of their prize asset stands at over £50million, according to reports, but Liverpool’s estimation is more focused around the figure of £20million. The club have to ask themselves whether or not they can afford to splash such a large fee on player who, despite all his talent and goals, is still a massive risk.
This would also mark the first significant move of new manager Jurgen Klopp, more famed for his bargain finds then splashing enormous sums, and Liverpool’s intent to make the top four this year.
Teixeira’s experience in Europe’s premiere competition and versatility to play on the wing as well as a central attacking midfielder could put instantly into contention for a starting XI place at Anfield alongside fellow countrymen Coutinho and Firmino.
The 26-year-old is hitting his prime now and which ever team gets him on board will have an all the new talisman to build around a or a piece that takes their puzzle a couple steps closer to completion.