When Mamadou Sakho made his breakthrough for the Paris Saint-Germain first team he was just a teenager yet at the age of 17 years and 240 days he was awarded the captains armband for the first time; such was the talent of the young defender.
This was a time before having Qatari owners with more money than sense calling the shots at Les Parcs des Princes; when the youngsters at the club such as Sakho and Clement Chantome were the spine of a struggling outfit.
Now the club is perhaps the most powerful club in world football when it comes to finances and that has left Sakho struggling for first-team football.
PSG insist he will not leave this summer and if Alex gets his wish of a Brazilian return Sakho may find himself playing more regularly next season anyway.
But Sakho says he is not happy and will seek assurances from the man who replaces Carlo Ancelotti regarding his immediate future.
All signs point to the 23-year-old potentially leaving the club this summer despite his love for PSG; as the club appears to have outgrown its status for rearing young talent; and Sakho is a casualty of that.
But where in the Premier League could he end up?
The Gunners have been linked with the talented defender previously and if rumours over the future of Laurent Koscielny are to be believed then this could become more of a reality in the summer.
Even if Koscielny stars snapping up Sakho would be good business for the club; partnering him with Koscielny in a dynamic French defensive duo.
Everton always like to have defenders who can cover more than one position which Sakho can do on the left-hand side.
With Sylvain Distin not getting any younger and Jonny Heitinga coming off the back of a poor campaign Sakho would be a perfect addition.
Whether they could afford him or not is a different story.
Still no replacement has been found for the retiring Jamie Carragher; but they would have to look no further than Sakho this summer.
He has been linked with an Anfield switch previously and who would not be open to that move.
City have some centre backs already of course but with Kolo Toure leaving and Joleon Lescott’s contract expiring in the summer the fact is … one more wouldn’t hurt.
Despite the fact Fabricio Coloccini is set to stay with the club this summer another centre-back is a necessity as Mike Williamson looks set to move on and Mapou Yanga-M’Biwa failed to sparkle last campaign.
Whether Joe Kinnear wants to continue the French revolution or not however remains to be seen.
Do you think Sakho will end up in the Premier League?
image: © brunolaon