Alex Teixeira still “dreams” of moving to Liverpool, according to his former Vaco de Gama team-mate Josef de Souza.
Teixeira, 26, looked set to move to Anfield in the winter transfer window after Ian Ayre flew out to Florida, where Shakhtar were on a winter break, to try and negotiate a deal.
And Teixeira’s friend claims “things were well advanced” regarding the attacking midfielder’s move to the Premier League, before his shock move to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning.
The Russian club’s £38million price tag on Teixeira is believed to have been the main reason why the deal was scuppered, but Se Souza, who played with Teixeira for a year in Brazil in 2009, thinks a future move to Melwood could still be in the offing.
“I spoke to Alex, and really, he said that things were well advanced [to go to Liverpool],” De Souza told Brazilian TV channel Esporte Interativo.
“And then I talked to him again, when he signed for the club from China.
“And Alex, I can say that he was totally willing to go to the Premier League. And he still keeps that dream, from what he told me, in his heart.
“Of course he wanted to play for Liverpool, play in the Premier League. But it happened, football has these things.
“I think it was good for him, good for his family. Our career is very short, and the more you can combine one thing with another: play in a good league and earn money, that’s great.
“But if you can’t put the two together, it is obvious that filling your pockets will speak much louder.”