Liverpool target Alex Teixeira is believed to have pulled his hamstring, stalling any transfer developments.
The Reds reportedly made a bid of £24.5million for Shakhtar Donetsk man, but he picked up a hamstring injury whilst training – after a delegation from Liverpool had boarded a flight to the US.
According to Artur Petrosyan, a Russian reporter with sport-express.ru, the Brazilian attacker pulled his hamstring ahead of the Florida Cup clash with Corinthians – a game which he was forced to miss.
Alex Teixeira pulled his hamstring soon after Liverpool made a bid. This is not a joke. Repeat: this is not a joke.
— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) January 21, 2016
Teixeira played in the 1-1 draw with Fluminese on Sunday, but was missing from the side that were beaten 3-2 by Corinthians on Wednesday. The Reds are hoping to beat Chelsea to the signing of the player and have sent a delegation, led by chief executive Ian Ayre, to Orlando to negotiate the deal.
Liverpool have made a €32m offer for Alex Teixeira but Shakhtar Donetsk are seeking closer to €50m for the attacker.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) January 21, 2016
The 26-year-old is valued in the £30million bracket by the Russian side after blasting 26 goals in all competitions this season, but Chelsea are keen on the former Vasco da Gama star.
Liverpool are believed to have had an opening bid of £23m rejected for Teixeira, who has scored 67 goals in 146 appearances for Shakhtar in a five-year spell, in a bid to get ahead of Chelsea in the race.
Shakhtar admitted earlier this week that they would support the sale of the attacking midfielder and Ayre was hoping to hammer before the news of Teixeira.
Apart from his extraordinary goalscoring ability from midfield, Teixeira is also a fine dribbler, equally as strong with either foot and has pace to burn, but whether or not Liverpool will hang around to line-up a move now the player is facing a spell on the sidelines remains to be seen.