A week ago, Liverpool looked set to sign Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, but now both deals have firmly hit the rocks.
The Van Dijk saga could rumble on, but just as frustratingly, the Reds have been unable to make any progress on a deal for Salah after making a £28 million bid last week.
The latest reports suggest Roma are demanding nearer £40 million for the Egyptian, who scored 19 and assisted 15 goals in all competitions last season.
On Friday afternoon, Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa hinted at Liverpool’s failure to finalise the deal – after personal terms were said to have already been agreed.
“Sometimes, good things come to those who don’t wait too long,” he wrote on Twitter.
Sometimes, good things come to those who don't wait too long.
— Ramy Abbas Issa (@RamyCol) June 9, 2017
Liverpool’s refusal to pay the asking price for Salah has led to reports this week suggesting a move for Gelson Martins instead – despite the Sporting winger having a release clause of £50 million, considerably more than what Roma want for Salah.
Meanwhile, another reported target, Keita Balde, is set to sign for AC Milan.
It’s been a nightmare first week for new chief executive Peter Moore.