It seems to be something of a recurring theme with Liverpool and transfers that no matter how much they do - including convincing the player to join the club - that deals do not seem to happen, primarily because of the club they are dealing with.
You do not have to go that far back in search of examples, either. Attempts to sign Alex Teixeira and Yevhen Konoplyanka were along the same lines as the current Piotr Zielinski negotiations seem to be going.
BBC Sport reported over the weekend that Liverpool have had a bid turned down for the Polish midfielder by Udinese, although the Serie A club have accepted an identical offer from Napoli. The player would prefer a move to Merseyside rather than take a step up in Italy, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that the player has made his wishes clear.
Back in January, Liverpool had shown strong interest in a move for Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk. Liverpool had tabled at least one bid for the Brazilian, according to The Guardian, and were prepared to make a further offer to land the Brazilian but the player ended up sealing a move to China the following month.
Shakhtar's asking price appeared to change. While the Guardian's report suggested close to 50 million Euros, the Independent at the start of February reported a price of £53 million, something which the Reds just were not prepared to meet.
Rewind back to January 2014, and you will remember that Liverpool were chasing the then Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka. The Reds were unable to get the deal done despite chief executive Ian Ayre travelling to Ukraine and spending two days there in order to try to get a deal done.
The Liverpool Echo reported that a medical had been done, a long-term contract agreed between the player and Liverpool after the Reds had triggered a buy-out clause. What stopped the move from happening? The Dnipro owner refused to sign the paperwork.
It is safe to say that if Liverpool do not get their deal for Zielinski over the line, then it will be something of a familiar feeling for them. The club, however, could do without being frustrated in the transfer market once again.