Prolific Brazilian Alex Teixeira is the subject of strong interest from Chelsea

By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes| Premier League expert with experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this

Brazilian sensation Alex Teixeira has been offered a contract by Chelsea, Football Insider sources understand.

The Londoners are in contact with the attacking midfielder’s representatives about a deal in which they would sign the £24million-rated star from Shakhtar Donetsk this month.

A source close to Chelsea has told Football Insider that a contract offer is on the table but it has not yet been agreed.

The Premier League champions are keen for the attacking midfielder to follow in the footsteps of Willian by making the journey from Donetsk to Stamford Bridge.

Teixeira is an attacking midfielder who can play in all three positions behind the centre-forward and is renowned for his eye for goal.

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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.

Teixeira is not yet a full Brazil international but he has scored three goals in seven games for the country’s Under-20s.

Earlier this week, Shakhtar’s manager Mircea Lucescu revealed he wouldn’t stop the player from leaving.

Chelsea midfielder Willian celebrates as he closes in on a new contract
Samba star: Teixeira could follow in the footsteps of fellow Brazilian Willian

Lucescu told Shakhtar’s official website: “At the moment, Alex is Shakhtar’s player. We’ll see in the summer, [for] now there’s no point talking about it.

“This year, he needs to play so that he grows even more, despite the fact that Alex’s level is very high even today. In this case he will be even more in demand.

“At the moment there are no official proposals, so it makes no sense to talk about it. If there is an offer that will satisfy both the player and the club, I will fully support his move. I want to see my players perform in the best, top teams in Europe.”

Teixeira joined the club from Vasco Da Gama in 2010 -and has been persistently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

If he was to depart, Teixeira would become the latest Shakhtar star to join one of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Douglas Costa and Willian joining Bayern Munich and Chelsea in recent seasons.