In an article in today’s Star on Sunday, the newspaper confirm that Chelsea and Premier League rivals Liverpool are in a tug-o-war over the potential transfer of Brazilian Alex Teixeira.
26-year-old Teixeira, who current club Shakhtar Donetsk value at £38m, has risen to be one of Europe’s most sought after midfielders thanks in large to a series of consistently good performances for the Ukrainians since his arrival at the Donbass Arena in 2010.
Teikeira was signed by Shakhtar from Brazilian side Vasco de Gama where he scored 10 goals in 53 appearances; these goals coming at the rate of one per 374 minutes.
However, it is his performances for the Ukrainian giants that has piqued the interst of the Blues with the attacking midfielder scoring 89 goals in 223 appearances for Shakhtar Donetsk; these coming at an impressive rate of a goal every 171.5 minutes. Put in other terms, should that scoring rate transfer over to a full Premier League season then it marks Texeira out as a 20-a-season scorer.
What matters as a measure is how good a player is at the moment and, in truth, Teixeira is blazing in front of goal; this being the likelihood of raised interest in him. So far this season, the prolific Brazilian has notched 26 goals across all competitions (22 in the league, 4 in Champions League Qualification, 3 in the Champions League and 1 in the Ukrainian Suoer Cup) as well as laying on five assists.
What is remarkable about this scoring explosion is that Teixeira’s 22 league goals have come at an explosive rate and over only 15 appearances. He has played only 1,350 minutes in the Premier Liga and his 22 goals have come at the rate of a goal every 61 minutes – a rate that anyone would be proud of and one that is likely unsustainable at great length.
The winger told Globesporte, quoted in the Star on Sunday:
“I am aware that two big clubs such as Liverpool and Chelsea are interested but I haven’t given my word to either of them.
I am not ruling out other leagues but I do want to play in the Premier League. In my mind, it is the strongest in the world. I want a challenge and to further my career there.
My aim is to move to a big club so that I can well there and get a place in the Brazil squad. Everyone knows that it is hard to achieve and I need to leave here to achieve that goal.”
With Teixeira admitting that he needs to ‘move on’ to achieve his own goals, and backed by an impressive scoring record, then you can see why he would be such a burgeoning interest to Premier League clubs.
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