Shakhtar Donetsk forward Tete was quoted this week admitting he has ambitions of playing for Premier League champions Liverpool.
Tete, 20, told DAZN, reported by Mundo Deportivo: “I always want to make bigger leaps. It’s normal to dream from a young age to play for big teams and with me it’s no different.
“I always dream of playing for Liverpool, Manchester United, Barcelona, as I mentioned.”
This is the second occasion in 2020 Tete has talked up a desire to link up with Jurgen Klopp, first doing so back in April.
“Three clubs are part of my dream in Europe: Barcelona, Manchester United and Liverpool. Gigantic clubs with fantastic managers and an incredible number of trophies. As a player, I dream of winning important titles and those clubs are incredible options to achieve that,” he told Esporte Interativo (via GOAL).
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The question that remains is whether or not Liverpool will help fulfill Tete’s childhood ambition. Let’s take a look as to why the Reds may look into the possibility of one day adding the talented Brazilian in the future.
Five facts about Tete
1) Tete is 20-years-old and signed for the Ukrainian champions back in February 2019. Shakhtar paid £13.5 million to sign him from Gremio following a number of eye-catching performances at the Under-20 World Cup with Brazil.
2) Having clocked up 57 matches for Shakhtar, Tete scored 14 goals and provided 12 assists.
3) Tete scored the opening goal and provided an assist in Shakthar’s stunning 3-2 Champions League victory against Real Madrid last month.
4) Renowned for his blistering pace and dribbling ability, Tete is mainly utilised on the right-side of a front-three – although he is left-footed. This season, he has one goal and four assists in 14 games throughout the 2020/21 campaign.
5) One of the more interesting facts about Tete has been his sensationally established nickname. Futbol Grad report Tete is known as the ‘hurricane’ for the whirlwind devastation he causes to opposition’s defences.
What they say
Upon his arrival with club-side Shakhtar, the club’s CEO Sergei Palkin told the club’s official website: “He has some serious technique, shooting and passing. – He can play in many roles: on the right, as the number 10, and on the left. He’s a versatile player.
“It was really difficult because initially, Gremio didn’t want to hold any negotiations at all. They didn’t want to sell him.”
Tete’s teammate Taison was quoted by Revista Colorada earlier this year talking up the Brazil-born wonderkid.
Taison said: “He’s a boy with a big future. He has everything as a player. He is still young, 19 to 20 years old, he will grow a lot.”
Eye-watering release clause
Part of his contractual agreement with Shakhtar upon his arrival from Gremio was that a 15 per cent sell-on clause was agreed should any future sale be sanctioned for Tete.
Palkin revealed that such a sell-on fee was of gargantuan proportions after he unveiled the extent of Tete’s staggering release clause to the club’s official website.
He said: “We believe that he’s our future, that Tete will grow into a big star. As for the clause or compensation, today we’ve set our record amount – 150 million euros.”
In current exchange rates, this works out in the region of £133 million. Tete’s contract is due to expire in 2023.
In the midst of the ongoing pandemic, there is still a hope that clubs are able to negotiate to a more reasonable amount especially when you consider Tete has made it clear Liverpool are amongst one of his dream sides – meaning he is more likely to push for a move.
Is Tete really a viable option for Liverpool?
It is no secret that Liverpool have already begun to integrate new up-and-coming forward options as part of the phasing out period for the club’s current pedigreed front-three.
Liverpool invested heavily in Diogo Jota from Wolves earleir in the summer and the Portugal international has hit the ground running clocking up seven goals in his first 10 matches at the club.
At the end of the season, all three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be 29 meaning Klopp will require ready-made replacement options sooner rather than later.
Tete can do himself a favour over the next couple of years by elevating his game to a level that forces Liverpool’s hand in pursuing a move by becoming more consistent from a statistically outlook in terms of goals and assists.
Liverpool have looked to Shakhtar in the past after the club submitted £24.6 million bid to sign Alex Teixeira in January 2016.
While higher-profile and long-discussed targets such as Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappe also remain under consideration from Liverpool, Tete is a star on the rise and could become a legitimate target in a couple of years time.
For now, he needs to earn the right for Liverpool to make his dreams become a reality. His recent performance against Real Madrid was a step in the right direction.