22 Jan 2016

Mega-Offer: Liverpool fly out to sign 'dangerous' €50m attacker. Talks happening. Done deal soon?

Since arriving at Anfield, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly stated that January transfers are low on his immediate priority list, but after watching chronic under-achievers like Adam Lallana repeatedly fail to contribute, it now appears that Klopp has realised that his job will ultimately come under threat unless he has attacking players who are actually capable of scoring/creating goals on a regular basis.

According to The Guardian:

* Liverpool have submitted €32m (£24.6m) bid for 'dangerous' Shakhtar Donetesk attacker Alex Teixeira.

* Ian Ayre flew out to meet with Shakhtar reps this week to discuss the transfer.

* Shakhtar owner, Rinat Akhmetov, wants €50m for Teixeira, and transfer talks are 'ongoing'.

When asked recently about the possibility of leaving Shakhtar in January, Teixeira told reporters:

"it is very difficult. Shakhtar have said they will not release me in January, only at the end of the season, but I'm keeping a clear head".

Some info about Teixeira:

* 26-year old attacking midfielder, who can also play as a right or left-winger.

* Shakhtar Totals: 89 goals/26 assists in 223 games (Goal/assist ever 133 mins)

* This season: 26 goals/5 assists in 26 games (Goal/assist every 75 mins)

* Suffered only two minor injuries during his entire career, including a hamstring injury sustained on Monday (!)

* Dec 2015: Confirmed interest from three of Europe's biggest clubs: "Chelsea, Juventus and PSG have made proposals, but Chelsea and Juventus are deeper in negotiations. Wherever I go, I'll be happy".

I'm personally against this deal for one simple reason: At 5'8, Teixeira is another comparatively small attacker, and Liverpool's squad is filled with similar types of player (Coutinho, Firmino, Lallana, Ibe, Markovic etc), all of whom are comparative underachievers.

What's the point in signing a carbon copy of the type of player who has failed (both historically and currently) to score/create goals on regular basis? Liverpool need something different, and that means signing a couple of TALL, physically powerful attackers, like Yarmolenko, for example, who is 6'2.

In the physical maelstrom of the Premier League, there's a strong chance that Teixeira will be another attacker who is easily bullied off the ball and/or physically overwhelmed by the *many* big lumps plying their trade in the league.

On a related note: The fan reaction to this proposed transfer is highly amusing. Over the last two years, I've repeatedly called for Liverpool to sign Andriy Yarmolenko, and every time I float the idea, it's slapped down by fans and claim that Yarmolenko is not good enough because he plays in the Ukrainian League.

Now, as far as I can see, fans are raving over the possibility of signing Texieira, who plays in the...Ukrainian League, and the same fans who slated Yarmolenko are probably calling for the Reds to complete this deal. As I said, highly amusing, especially given the fact Yarmolenko's goals/assists record is literally 50% better.

At €50m (or even €32m), is Teixeira a risk worth taking? For me, the answer is a resounding no, especially when Yarmolenko has a £14.5m buyout clause, which represents a significantly lower risk.

Author: Jaimie K


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