Just weeks after Liverpool FC failed to sign their target Alex Teixeira, he moved to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning FC after FC Shakhtar Donetsk agreed on a £38 million deal on Thursday.
Jurgen Klopp failed to land the Brazilian attacking midfielder after the £24 million bid was rejected, and the prices for retrieving his services were upped significantly. Liverpool were going to make another bid in the summer window when the Ukranian club were being expected to lower the asking price, but that won’t be happening now as their primary target is an asset for another club.
The Liverpool FC boss has been appreciative and respectful of the fact that Teixeira moved to Jiangsu Suning FC. Klopp told Skysports, “First of all we should accept that we can all make our own decisions. People talk about the financial power of England because of the TV contract. Maybe there is another power now? I have known for a few years now about the financial situation in China.”
“It’s an individual decision. If you are 26 and get an offer like he did then everyone would think about it. I have no problem with this. I don’t think it’s a sign in general,” he added.
Teixeira wanted to join the PL side, but delay in talks and failing to match the asking price saw him join the Chinese Super League side
Teixeira maintained his interest to join the Premier League, but in light of no concrete action taken by the Merseyside club, he decided to move to the Chinese Super League club, where he’ll be joining his compatriot Ramires, who recently moved from Chelsea on a £25 million deal. Jiangsu Suning FC is managed by ex-Chelsea full-back Dan Petrescu.
Teixeira told Skysports, “Let’s put it like this: everyone always knew that I wanted to stay in Europe and move to the Premier League club. But, unfortunately, all the proposals that came from them were somewhat windy and did not contain anything concrete. Now I have received a serious offer from China, of course, I’m moving there.”
The English Premier League transfer window closed on Monday, but the Chinese Super League transfer window remains opened until 26th February. Liverpool FC were only able to sign 19-year-old midfielder Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade for £5.1 million and Steven Caulker from QPR on loan in the January window.