Arsenal had chance to sign £34m Liverpool star this summer

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Liverpool were shocked that league rivals Arsenal did not pursue a deal for Egypt international Mohamed Salah in 2017, according to the Times.

In the report, it is revealed that Reds were shocked that Arsenal did not try and pursue their key man after the Reds had a £34 million pound bid accepted for the Egyptian winger.

Since then, Mohamed has been a star for Liverpool, helping Jurgen Klopp’s team reach last season’s UEFA Champions League final.

However, Gunners reportedly did not go in for the forward, as sources had told Arsene Wenger that the star was “wasteful”, meaning that the north London giants ended their interest.

Liverpool got their man and were aware that another league rivals Chelsea didn’t have an interest, whilst Manchester-based duo Manchester City and Manchester United had a slight interest in a deal.

However, the Egyptian joined Anfield outfit, and led the scoring charts in the Premier League the previous season.

Meanwhile, Gunners’ signings last season have struggled to really get going, with both Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette not having the best of starts in North London.