Tottenham and Arsenal are among the high-ranking English clubs credited with an interest in signing the exciting Paris St Germain teenager Adrien Rabiot.
However the old rivals – 5/4 and 3/10 for a top four Premier League finish this season respectively – will have some truth-bending to do if they are to entice him to the far from greener pastures of north London.
Rabiot made his Champions League debut for PSG at the tender age of 17 last season.
The 6ft 2in Frenchman was on Man City’s books as a 13-year-old, but returned to France having failed to adjust to life in England.
After coming up through the ranks at the Parc des Princes, he made his debut at club football’s highest level in November 2012, putting in a superb shift that yielded six tackles and five interceptions against Dinamo Zagreb.
Despite such a promising performance he was loaned out to Toulouse in January having played only twice more for his parent club.
Eight of the midfielder’s ten 2013/14 run-outs have come as a substitute.
Back in the capital he is yet to gain the trust of Laurent Blanc, starting just twice during his club’s 13 games to date.
Having seen the slow marginalisation of fellow youth product Mamadou Sakho as new signings arrived under the Carlo Ancelotti regime Rabiot is determined not to wait around for his development to be hindered, telling Le Parisien “I do not want to live the way Mamadou Sakho did.”
With his uber-minted employers likely to be linked to all and sundry during the upcoming January sales, departing the club is an option likely to be considered.
Between them Arsenal and Tottenham’s squads boast nine central-midfielders at a conservative estimate.
The French Under-21 international’s comments suggest that despite their reported interest he’s unlikely to be talked into joining either club.
Emmanuel Frimpong, Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are all candidates that would have to be usurped to play in the bottom two slots of a Gunners midfield five.
Meanwhile former Toulouse pal Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Sandro and Mousa Dembele would all likely out-rank him in the same positions at White Hart Lane.