Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot seems to be headed for Arsenal but reports in Italy suggest that Roma have made an audacious attempt to steal him away.
The highly-rated 19-year-old is an authoritative midfield presence and many believe he could be exactly the player Arsenal need.
Having turned down a contract extension, Rabiot will be a free agent at the end of the current season, which means PSG will probably have to sell him now.
Arsenal have been given permission to talk to Rabiot and seem to be in pole position to agree a deal with him.
Juventus are also said to be lurking, but Roma may be the biggest threat to Arsenal getting their man.
Sabatini was said to be discussing the potential sale of star defender Mehdi Benatia to either Chelsea or Manchester United and took the chance to make an advance on the PSG player.
However, the Italian press also insist that Arsenal are strong favourites to land Rabiot, suggesting that Sabatini's mission was in vain.