Adrien Rabiot became a hot name on the transfer market over the decisive days of August, but remains a PSG player with deadline day now in the history books.
The three-horse race for his signature was said to include Arsenal, Roma and Juventus, all keen to sign the 19-year-old midfielder tipped for a big future.
But PSG are said to have demanded €25 million plus 50 per cent of future transfer profits for the teenager, a seemingly unreasonable request for such a raw youngster that the trio weren't willing to meet.
With Rabiot having already rejected an extension on his contract that expires next summer, however, the transfer window’s conclusion hasn’t put an end to interest in him.
Intriguingly, each of the trio of Arsenal, Roma and Juventus have something of a claim to Rabiot as noted by Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio - which could prove decisive in securing his services over the next 12 months.
Roma and Arsenal have Frenchmen at the helm with reputations for developing young talents - Rudi Garcia and Arsene Wenger, respectively - so are both attractive destinations for Rabiot.
Meanwhile, in July, Juventus signed Rabiot’s former PSG team-mate Kinglsey Coman, 18, and have thrust him directly into the starting line-up - showing Rabiot the door to similar success.
Rabiot is represented by his mother, whose ultimate motivation appears to be to secure her son maximum opportunities for first team football away from the Parc des Princes.
Roma, Arsenal and Juventus each certainly have something to offer, but will now have to work to distinguish themselves from the competition.
The former pair could move for Rabiot again as early as January, when PSG will be under pressure to cash in on the 19-year-old before losing him for free come summer.
Whilst Juventus, according to Di Marzio, will have to wait until Rabiot is available for free to strike, having irritated PSG with their capture of Coman.
Where the next chapter of Rabiot’s young career will take place is set to soon be decided, but Arsenal, Juventus or Roma must prove why they’re the most eligible suitor before a choice is made.
The race should be a fascinating one to watch pan out, with the prize for the victor a starlet tipped for a big future.