By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool are increasingly confident that a third offer for Alex Teixeira will be successful after a breakthrough in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk, Football Insider sources understand.
The Merseysiders have had two bids, of £24.6million and £29million, rejected by the Ukranian club but discussions are ongoing and the two clubs are close to an agreement.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that Liverpool have indicated they will meet Shakhtar’s £38million asking price but the deal is set to be structured in a way that the full fee will be paid only if certain performance-related add-ons are met.
Both parties are working on a deal before the January transfer window shuts next Monday.
Chelsea are also tracking the Brazilian playmaker but Teixeira has informed the Ukranian club he wants to move to Merseyside.
Teixeira has liked several stories on his Instagram account in the last 72 hours that have reported Liverpool’s interest in signing him.
Liverpool’s American owners Fenway Sports Group have sanctioned a full tilt at landing Teixeira after a delegation led by chief executive Ian Ayre returned from a meeting in Florida last week about signing the star in the January window.
Teixeira, who has been with Shakhtar at their training camp in Florida, gave the Merseysiders a further boost by telling Brazilian newspaper Globo that he would like to quit the Ukranian club.
“I would like to move in this transfer window and have told them [Shakhtar] that,” Teixeira said. “They have received a very good offer and they are working on a solution.”
He has scored a staggering 22 goals in 15 league matches this season, and has struck 26 times in 26 appearances in all competitions for the Ukranian club.
As revealed by Football Insider, Chelsea have have been in contact with Teixeira’s representatives and have offered a contract to the prolific attacking midfielder.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants attacking reinforcements after losing three of the team’s four senior strikers to injury for most of his reign and due to the ongoing difficulties experienced by Christian Benteke.
Teixeira is an attacking midfielder who can play in all three positions behind the centre-forward and is renowned for his eye for goal. He is not yet a full Brazil international but he has scored three goals in seven games for the country’s Under-20s.