Adrien Rabiot could be squeezed out of Paris Saint-Germain this summer, as the wealthy Ligue 1 champions continue to pursue the recruitment of yet more established stars.
This is according to a report from The Daily Star, which claim that Manchester United are keen on the 19-year-old and hope to beat Premier League rivals Arsenal to his signature.
Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Rabiot in recent times, with the 19-year-old midfielder having struggled for regular first-team opportunities at the Parc des Princes amid fierce competition from some hugely reputable names.
Indeed, Rabiot - who has been with PSG as a professional since 2010 after youth spells at a variety of clubs including Manchester City - made just 12 domestic starts under Laurent Blanc last season, with a further 13 appearances as a substitute.
A regular in the French international youth setup, Rabiot - who has been valued at around the £3 million mark in recent months - demonstrated his potential following a disappointing season by starring for his country as they advanced to the final of the prestigious Toulon tournament earlier this month.
As Rabiot edges towards the exit door in Paris, it is clear that at least one new midfielder will perhaps be required at both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge this summer.
While the former suffered badly in that particular area last season during the doomed reign of a certain David Moyes, Jose Mourinho's options in the centre of the park have been greatly diminished by Frank Lampard's admission that he will be leaving Chelsea after 13 successful years at the club during which time the England international established an enduring reputation as perhaps the most talented player ever to pull on the blue shirt in West London.
Rabiot's relative lack of big-game experience mean he would perhaps not be considered as a major contributor straightaway at either of these clubs, but he could presumably act as a tremendous understudy to a slightly more established figure such as an Arturo Vidal or a Cesc Fabregas.
Arsenal should not be discounted from such a race, of course, with Arsene Wenger having developed an enviable track record for successfully nurturing talented young players into the Gunners' first team over recent years.