The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United will need to act quick if they are to secure the services of Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain, with Roma set to hold a crucial meeting over the talented youngster tomorrow.
The 19-year-old is amongst the most highly rated in Europe but as things stand he's refusing to extend his contract at the Parc de Prince which runs out in 2015. He's not played a single Ligue 1 game for PSG this season and hasn't been included in his team's 25-man Champions League squad.
That means he is free to discuss terms with other clubs as of January and walk away for free in the summer.
However Roma chief Walter Sabatini has previously insisted he intends on doing the honourable thing by offering a token transfer fee to land Rabiot in the January window.
According to Le10Sport there is a key meeting taking place between Roma and PSG set to take place by tomorrow, in which a deal could be wrapped up.
That spells major trouble for his Premier League suitors which include Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. All three clubs are keen on landing the enigmatic youngster but look as though they are fighting a losing battle.
He is believed to be seeking a wage packet in the region of £50,000-per-week, and while the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea will have no problem paying that, they may opt against doing so given that he is yet to prove his worth at the highest level.
Of course the fact that Paris Saint-Germain are actively looking to sell in the winter window means they would presumably like to encourage something of a bidding war, which could bring Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea back into the race.
However as things stand it is Roma who are making all the moves, and if the Premier League trio don't move quickly indeed.
Rabiot is just the type of midfielder that both Arsenal and Manchester United require. Despite his age he's strong in the tackle, while he also possesses creativity and energy to burst forward. Chelsea have a reputation for snapping up the best youngsters before sending them out on loan, and they could certainly do the same with Rabiot.