Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has never been afraid of plucking young players from his native France, and every year it seems he is linked with a move for the latest young French players.
This summer, it was Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot who was reported to be the apple of Wenger's eye. The 19-year-old, who was formerly on the books of Manchester City, has broken into the PSG side in recent years, and the left footed deep playing playmaker has been targeted by a number of clubs.
With his contract set to expire next summer, Roma were alleged to be leading the face for his signature - yet he has now revealed that his proposed January move to the Italian capital has fallen through.
"I don't know what went wrong," Rabiot told Canal+. "Everything had gone the right way and it was my choice, I thought of wearing the Roma jersey. Roma are a great club, their project is enticing and they are in the Champions League."
"Now we'll have to wait until January and see what to do. I chose my mother as my agent, as she gives me good advice. I don't know if I will play for PSG again, as I don't enjoy being in the reserves. I am at the disposal of the coach and he will be the one to decide."
Rabiot's ongoing contract saga in the French capital means that manager Laurent Blanc has banished him to the reserves - even with him returning from injury.
Having been capped at every youth level by France, Rabiot is one of their big hopes for the future, and with Arsenal desperate for midfield reinforcements, a cut-price deal for a highly-touted youngster should be right up Wenger's alley - and they will now surely be one of the frontrunners with the Roma deal collapsing.