Reports Claim Chelsea Agree £30m Deal to Sign Shakhtar’s Alex Teixeira

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Updated: December 23, 2015

Prior to his sacking, many reports claimed that José Mourinho and the Chelsea hierarchy were planning an overhaul of the squad in the January transfer window.  The arrival of Guus Hiddink in the Chelsea managerial hot-seat has only prompted more speculation about possible ins and outs in West London.

One of the things most crucial to righting the ship for the Blues is bolstering Chelsea’s rather impotent attack.  Burdened with a lack of goal production from their current crop of forwards, Hiddink needs offensive firepower if his side is to remain in the Champions League and aim for a more favorable place in the Premier League table.

According to reports in the Express, Chelsea have a verbal agreement to sign Shakhtar Donetsk’s versatile Brazilian attacking midfielder, the impressive Alex Teixeira.  The Blues are looking at securing his services on a five-year contract worth £30m.  Having scored 22 league goals in just 15 Premier Liga appearances – and three in his six Champions League starts – he’s proven his reliability as a scoring midfielder.  However, Teixeira is also capable of playing on either wing, having contributed four assists across all competitions so far this season.  When considering Chelsea’s rather dismal goal and assist numbers, it’s easy to see why the Brazilian would be a welcome addition at Stamford Bridge.

In his first press conference for the Blues, Guus Hiddink suggested that he’d have no problem showing uncommitted players the door.  Said the new Chelsea boss, “There must be a great desire to play. If you don’t have that desire, please knock on my door and we’ll talk. We’ll talk briefly.”

While many fans may understandably find it frustrating that Hiddink is choosing to buy rather than promote from within (or give youth players the run out that some feel Mourinho failed to), it’s not a bad idea to purchase proven quality.

Chelsea currently sit in 15th in the Premier League, 11 points off of 4th place.  Given the craziness of the table this year and the improbable results which are slowly becoming the norm, anything is possible.  Hiddink had a rather stellar record during his last stint as Chelsea manager [11W, 1D, 1L in the Premier League], so one can see why Abramovich was so quick to ask for him back.  If Golden Guus can get the most out of a quality player like Alex Teixeira, perhaps it’s worth paying the £30m Shakhtar would demand for his services.

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