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The attacking midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to the Blues and his current manager says he wouldn't stand in the Brazilian's way

Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira after the Ukraine club's manager Mircea Lucescu revealed he wouldn't stop the player from leaving.

The 26-year-old - who joined the club from Vasco Da Gama in 2010 - has been persistently linked with a move to Stamford Bridge after scoring 22 league goals in just 15 games so far this season.

If he was to depart, Teixeira would become the latest in a long line of players who have departed Shakhtar for one of Europe's biggest clubs, with Douglas Costa and Willian joining Bayern Munich and Chelsea in recent seasons.
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Lucescu told Shakhtar's official website: "Teixeira and I are talked a lot in the press now. They are spreading rumours about us allegedly leaving Shakhtar. At the moment, Alex is Shakhtar's player.

"We'll see in the summer; [for] now there's no point talking about it. This year, he needs to play so that he grows even more, despite the fact that Alex's level is very high even today. In this case he will be even more in demand.

"At the moment there are no official proposals, so it makes no sense to talk about it.

"This is what the press is spreading, mainly [the] English one. If there is an offer that will satisfy both the player and the club, I will fully support his move. I want to see my players perform in the best, top teams in Europe."