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Alex Teixeira is in line to become the latest star player moving to China's top flight.

By The SI Staff
February 04, 2016

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira had been long linked to a move to Liverpool, but instead he appears to be joining the growing group of players in their prime heading to China's unheralded top flight. 

According to multiple reports, Teixeira is on the verge of a £38 million move to Jiangsu Suning, where he will become teammates with former Chelsea midfielder Ramires (who himself just moved in a £25 million deal). French outlet L'Equipe reports that he would become the 10th highest-paid player in the world with his wages at Jiangsu Suning.

Teixeira, 26, is the Ukrainian league's top scorer with 22 goals in 15 matches (the next closest player has 10 goals). Teixeira has another four goals in 10 Champions League games and was sought after by Liverpool and Chelsea, among others. He is the latest Brazilian Shakhtar star headed for a lucrative transfer, following the likes of Willian, Fernandinho and Douglas Costa. 

Should the move be completed, he would become the latest big name to head to China. In addition to Ramires, Gervinho (Hebei China Fortune), Jackson Martinez (Guangzhou Evergrande), Fredy Guarin (Shanghai Shenhua) and Fredy Montero (Tianjin Teda) have all made the move.  

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