Liverpool are lining up a €15 million bid for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder Jadson as a replacement for the injured Lucas Leiva, according to Footybunker.
Lucas is out for the rest of the season after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage in the Carling Cup win over Chelsea last week and Liverpool are now in the market for another midfielder to compensate for the loss of the Brazilian.
As well as Lucas’ injury, Steven Gerrard’s continuing fitness problems have become a worry for the reds and a move for Jadson would also add more depth to their midfield.
The 28 year-old Jadson is in his sixth year at Shakhtar Donetsk and he has enjoyed a wonderful stint at the club, winning five league titles in Ukraine since joining them in 2005 from Atlético Paranaense in 2005. The midfielder has made 163 appearances, scoring 39 goals for the Ukrainians.
But Jadson has made no secret of the fact that he would like to one day try his luck in one of Europe’s major leagues and a move to Liverpool could be the opportunity he is looking for.
Arsenal were linked with a move for Jadson last summer as a replacement for the departed Cesc Fabregas, but they were put off by Shakhtar’s asking price and instead opted to sign Mikel Arteta from Everton.
Jadson’s perfromances for Shakhtar finally caught the attention of his country and he wore the famous yellow shirt of Brazil for the first time this year and he has gone on to win 4 caps in total so far. A move to Liverpool could also boost his chances of being part of Brazil’s World Cup 2014 squad.