Alex Teixeira’s hamstring injury will not block a prospective transfer to Liverpool, it is understood.
Reds chief executive flew to Orlando earlier this week to initiate talks with Teixeira’s club Shakhtar Donetsk and talks between the respective clubs are still ongoing despite Ayre returning to Merseyside.
It’s understood Liverpool have a tabled a £24.5million offer for the 26-year-old, but with Liverpool’s bid and Chelsea’s long-standing interest the Russian club are hoping to get an inflated price for the attacking midfielder.
Teixeira has scored an impressive 22 goals in 15 league games this season, as well as four in the Champions League and he has been in the US to take part in the Florida Cup friendly tournament.
The Brazilian played in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Fluminese on Sunday, but was missing from the side that were beaten 3-2 by Corinthians on Wednesday after injuring his hamstring in training.
Ayre was in transit when news of Teixeira’s injury emerged, but Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu has played down the injury and the problem, which has blighted so many current Liverpool players this term, is not thought to be serious.
“I decided not to risk it and rest him,” he was quoted as saying in the Daily Star.
Teixeira has apparently set his heart on a move to the Premier League and Shakhtar are open to allowing the player leave for England if their valuation is met.
“Playing in the Premier League is a personal dream,” Teixeira was quoted as saying in the Daily Star.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made striking reinforcements a priority with the injuries to Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings and the Reds are believed to be ahead of Chelsea in the race for Teixeira.