Liverpool midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira will leave Anfield and join Fiorentina after the attacker reached an agreement in principle to join the Serie A outfit in the summer. His contract with the Reds will expire at the end of the season, and he has not been handed a new deal at Anfield.
According to Tutto Mercato Web, the 23-year-old was hoping to impress Jurgen Klopp and become a regular in his side this season. He scored in the Merseyside club's 3-0 victory over Exeter City in the FA Cup clash, but has managed just one substitute appearance each in the Premier League and the Europa League since then.
Lack of playing time has left, Teixeira frustrated as the former Borussia Dortmund coach has preferred other players with international experience ahead of him. The Brazilian duo of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are the preferred choice in the attacking midfield role.
The Portuguese midfielder's situation at Liverpool has alerted Fiorentina who are looking to have an agreement in principle with the player. The Italian club's manager Paulo Sousa is also an admirer of Teixeira and the side have already approached his agent, Jorge Mendes.
Teixeira has publicly expressed his desire to continue at Liverpool, provided he gets regular playing time at Anfield. With the likes of experienced players ahead of him, the Portuguese U21 international will find it difficult to seal a regular berth in the Reds' first team.
"We are in conversations at the moment. My contract runs out at the end of this season. I want to stay but we will see what happens," Teixeira told the Liverpool Echo in January.
"I don't want to think about my future too much right now. I just want to play football. I want to enjoy this moment and try to build on it.
"I just have to keep working hard and keep doing my best in training. Whenever chances come along like this to impress Jurgen Klopp, it's up to me to show him that I deserve more chances," he said.