Arsenal are a side committed to the development of young talent. Sometimes that means buying in top young players from across the globe and UK.
This summer was no different, as they reportedly tried in vain to snap up French wonderkid Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain. The talented but precocious holding midfielder has been angling for a move for about six months now, as he grows frustrated with PSG's buy rather than develop policy.
Rabiot's agent, who is also his mother, reportedly spoke to both Arsenal and AS Roma over a potential move to either club this summer but time simply ran out on such a move.
With that in mind interested parties will be lining up to sign him in January. Rabiot is not in the PSG reckoning at the moment and was also left out of their Champions League squad. With his contract expiring in the summer he is certainly on his way out of the French capital.
But according to reports in France, as reported in the Daily Star, not many teams will be matching his excessive wage demands, in particular the notoriously frugal Arsenal.
It is being reported that Rabiot has demanded £80,000 if PSG want to keep hold of him.
Arsenal will of course not be paying that amount for Rabiot, considering it would put him among the top earners at The Emirates.
Of course there is another possibility behind this extortionate demand. Rabiot is clearly not happy to stay at PSG so could simply be asking for an amount he knows the FFP strangled PSG will not be willing to offer for a young midfielder. However, if they do give it to him he will certainly be happy to stick around and cash in his wages every week.
The fact is PSG will not be giving him that much money a week and he is instead set to leave the club, either in January or next summer.
Arsenal will just have to hope that isn't his real salary expectations.