Arsenal should be keeping a close eye on events at Paris St Germain.
It could be that a vastly experienced holding midfielder is about to become available.
Arsene Wenger needs someone to fill that post at Emirates Stadium, and a seasoned performer would be preferable to a youngster with promise.
Thiago Motta would appear to fit the bill, with the 32-year-old a Brazil-born Italy international who has graced the books at Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and PSG.
Players of that calibre do not come onto the market very often, so the Gunners should be readying themselves to strike.
Motta is enduring a difficult time in France, with some of his performances called into question, and his representative has called on the transfer door to be opened if the criticism continues.
For Leparisien almost all the PSG's problems are caused by TM,if the club agrees with them, for the best of PSG's future, why wait june..?— Alessandro Canovi (@AlexCanovi) December 30, 2014
Motta has spent the last two years in Paris and has been a key part of the set-up at the reigning Ligue 1 champions - becoming vice-captain to Thiago Silva.
He is also a man with two Champions League wins to his name – at Barca and Inter – and is tied to his current employers until 2016.
If he is unsettled in France, though, then he should have no problem adjusting to life in the Premier League and could be the perfect option to patrol an important area of the field in front of Arsenal’s back four.