If Paris Saint-Germain can lay claim to one of the most fearsome and expensively assembled squads on the planet, it is fair to say the Parc des Princes rejects could forge a rather formidable group of their own.
Matteo Guendouzi, Odsonne Edouard, Moussa Dembele, Mike Maignan, Kingsley Coman and Boubakary Soumare are all going from strength to strength elsewhere after failing to make the grade at the Ligue 1 champions.
And, with eyes all across the world turning to Germany now that the Bundesliga has made its triumphant if rather echoey return, another PSG reject is starting to finally get the attention he deserves.
According to Le10 Sport, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are lining up potential £25 million deals for Moussa Diaby after his superb solo display on Monday night.
With two pinpoint crosses, this explosive young Frenchman inspired Bayer Leverkusen to a 4-1 thrashing of Werder Bremen, all the while taking his personal tally of assists to eight.
Diaby actually departed PSG last summer with 34 first-team appearances under his belt, more than Guendouzi, Edouard, Dembele, Maignan, Coman and Soumare put together.
Unfortunately for him, PSG are not exactly short of top-class attacking talent. Even Edinson Cavani, the highest goalscorer in the history of Le Parisiens, is collecting dust on the sidelines these days.
Make no mistake, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel knew that Diaby had something special. But the German coach was never going to stand in the youngster’s way when Leverkusen came calling to offer him the guaranteed first-team football he so clearly needed.
“Moussa is very quick, able to learn and assert himself,” Tuchel said – and the admiration is mutual.
“Tuchel believed in me and gave me the chance from the start. He’s convinced you only win games at the weekend if you show desire and passion every day in the training sessions. I’ve learned a lot from him and he told me Leverkusen is a very good club for me,” Diaby would later tell Spox.
Arsenal have been rewarded for their faith in another one-time PSG starlet in the last two years with poodle-haired play-maker Guendouzi proving to be the real deal in red and white. And, one year after leaving a bona fide European giant, Diaby could be about to join another if he succeeds in firing Leverkusen back into the Champions League.