Reports in Italy suggest that Liverpool have been knocked back in their efforts to land Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan.
The Reds were prepared to offer him a sizeable pay rise, with a £60,000-a-week deal drawn up at Anfield.
It could be argued that Liverpool have been saved a lot of hassle by seeing their advances rebuffed.
As is often the case in Italy, Nainggolan is part of a co-ownership agreement with his current employers.
Roma paid £7 million to secure 50 per cent of his rights in January, with the other half under the control of Cagliari.
The latter are aware that they could demand considerably more than the figure paid by Roma 12 months ago if another deal is to be pushed through, with Nainggolan now said to be valued at around £20 million.
Brendan Rodgers would be taking a risk were he to make another sizeable investment in an untested Premier League performer, with big money splashed out on the likes of Emre Can and Lazar Markovic last summer.
Being forced to look elsewhere for new recruits may be no bad thing, although Nainggolan is a highly-rated performer and one at the age of 26 who should be approaching the peak of his career.