6 Feb 2016

Transfer Update: 'Incredible' €50m goal-machine admits he 'wanted' Liverpool 'move' and confirms reason for collapse

On Monday, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Liverpool tried to sign Alex Teixeira during the January transfer window, and after sealing a lucrative move to the Chinese league, the Brazilian attacker has revealed the reasons why his proposed move to Anfield collapsed.

When asked why about Liverpool failed to seal a deal for the allegedly 'incredible' Teixeira, Klopp told reporters:

“It was a common decision [to pull out of the Teixeira deal]. We made offers...but it was a case of ‘if you don’t want it okay...do what you want’. It’s not that we haven’t got money, but you have to work respectfully and responsibly".

On Thursday, Shakhtar Donetsk confirmed Teixeira's transfer to Jiangsu Suning FC:

"Shakhtar Donetsk and Jiangsu Suning FC have agreed...the transfer of Alex Teixeira. Transfer fee for the Brazilian midfielder is 50 million euros [£40m]".

After signing his deal, Teixeira suggested that Liverpool's failed to make a 'serious' offer. He explained:

"I wanted to move to an English Premier League club, but, unfortunately, all the proposals that came from them were somewhat unsubstantial and did not contain anything concrete. I received a serious offer from China, so I took it."

If Teixiera really wanted a transfer to the Premier League, he would've stuck it out at Shakhtar for a few more months and had faith that the a deal could be completed in the summer. Instead, he sold out his career for money, which is par for the course in football these days.

Still, it's not really fair to judge Teixeira in a negative manner. Some players see football as a job, and if he can earn ridiculous amounts of money playing in the Chinese league, then good for him.

Klopp's classy response to Teixeira's move:

"We should respect we can all make our own decisions. If you are 26 and got an offer like he [Teixeira] got then anyone would think about it. I have no problem with this."

Ultimately, I'm glad Liverpool refused to budge on the price tag. £40m is far too much for Teixiera, and he doesn't (IMO) fit the profile of the type of attacker the Reds need right now (i.e. tall, powerful, fast, and prolific).

Author: Jaimie K


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