Manchester City may have dealt their chances of signing Monaco defender Layvin Kurzawa a fatal blow after an attempt to win over the youngster backfired - and that could allow rivals Manchester United or Chelsea to steal him from under their nose.
The 22-year-old is highly rated in his home country and has caught the attention of numerous big clubs in Europe, including the Premier League trio.
Leading the race
However it seemed as though Manchester City had stolen a march on their rivals in the race to secure Kurzawa's signature, by scheduling a private jet to fly him over for their 3-2 win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
That angered Monaco who tried to stop the trip however and in attempt to save face the defender ended up watching the game from a hotel nearby, something which isn't exactly likely to help Manchester City when it comes to negotiations. He tried his best to cover up his actions by tweeting that he was watching the game from home, although reports in France say he was indeed in Manchester.
That could in turn offer either Chelsea or Manchester United a chance to swoop, which would leave City rather red-faced indeed. Both clubs are in need of defensive reinforcements as things stand, but for very different reasons.
Chelsea may well look to replace club captain John Terry in the summer, and Kurzawa could well be the man for the job. Terry is out of contract at the end of the season and could be moved on if Chelsea's recent policy of letting club legends go is anything to go by.
Manchester United meanwhile have suffered horribly with injuries at the back this season, which has only served to highlight the fact that boss Louis van Gaal failed to add a top class defender during the summer window.
Monaco have been forced to sell their best players in recent months as owner Dmitry Rybolovlev has pulled the plug on the project, and Manchester United have also been linked with their midfielder Joao Moutinho.