In the summer of 2004, Inter gleefully snapped up 16-year-old prospect Jonathan Begora from amateur French outfit Blanc Mesnil.
By January 2007 the Paris-born youngster had changed his credited name to Jonathan Biabiany and made his debut with the Nerazzurri senior squad in Coppa Italia action.
The teenager looked well on his way to fulfilling his vast potential at San Siro. But what followed instead was a tale of constant loan moves and a lack of prosperity in Milan.
Biabiany spent time at Chievo, Modena, Parma and Sampdoria. He would make just 22 total appearances for Inter, at last sold outright to Sampdoria in the winter of 2011.
On the move once again just months later, Biabiany landed at Parma a second time. After impressing on loan at the Stadio Tardini, the Frenchman eventually earned a permanent move to the Ducali.
And it’s in Emilia-Romagna that the pacy winger really found his feet. Fourteen goals and as many assists over the past three seasons serve as a testament to that statement.
But with West Brom having taken notice of his renaissance at Parma and chasing his signature, perhaps the man once known as Jonathan Begora hasn’t quite put his past behind him.
The Baggies looked to be rapidly closing in on a deal for Biabiany late last week, but according to Sky Sport Italia negotiations have fizzled out as the €10 million-rated player has his heart set on joining Inter.
Moving back to San Siro would give the 26-year-old the chance to reconcile his Nerazzurri past, putting to bed the ‘flop’ tag associated with his name at his former club.
The allure of Inter’s reported interest in him - from Biabiany’s standpoint - is thus quite understandable. He has something to prove at Inter, and seems keen to seize the chance to do so.
Players will always have their personal motivations in making choices on their future. For Biabiany, it seems the opportunity to take care of unfinished business is determining his next move - and pushing him away from West Brom in the process.
Nothing is official yet, but should Inter indeed splash out for him, Biabiany looks likely to choose a route he’s travelled before - in search of the success that eluded him in Milan the first time around.