Arsenal reportedly failed with an approach for Diogo Jota before he became a success at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool.
After helping establish Wolves as a Premier League club, Jota was allowed to move to top-flight champions Liverpool during the summer transfer window.
However, The Athletic claims that the Portugal international may have taken a different path during the early stages of his career.
The report says that Arsenal and West Ham United both showed strong interest in the then-teenager before he opted to move to Atletico Madrid in 2016.
Rather than making an impression in Spain, it was a successful loan period at Porto which earned the playmaker a transfer to Wolves the following year.
The 23-year-old has opened his career at Anfield with seven goals from 11 appearances in all competitions