Adrien Rabiot has had a turbulent 2018 to say the least.
The 23-year-old is undoubtedly a fantastic talent and one that any side in the world would be happy to get ahold of.
Paris Saint-Germain thought they'd done just that, of course, as Rabiot looked set to be an integral part of their team after graduating from their academy.
But the first real signs that he wasn't happy with his career came in the summer after Didier Deschamps left him out of the eventually victorious French World Cup squad.
Rabiot refused to be on the reserve list and effectively exiled himself from international football in the process.
Just a few months later the Frenchman turned down a new contract at PSG, putting the Ligue 1 champions in a difficult position as his current deal expires in 2019.
PSG decided against cashing in last summer to try and convince Rabiot to stay but failed to do so, leaving the midfielder set to exit the club on a free at the end of the season with Barcelona said to have already agreed a deal with him.
But the Parisians haven't given up control of the situation and the latest reports suggest they're going to do everything in their power to force Rabiot out of the door for a fee in January.
Paris United claims that Thomas Tuchel, not simply content with leaving Rabiot out of his squad, has now banned the player from the locker room on matchdays.
And it goes beyond Tuchel, too, with the club president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, and directors snubbing Rabiot entirely.
It was enough that Rabiot decided against going to the game against Nantes recently - and that suggests the treatment is having the desired effect.
While Rabiot may have wanted to see out his contract and final season before leaving for Barcelona, PSG are intent on making him actively want to leave in January, forcing the Catalonians to change plans and move for him early.
They may not have got what they initially wanted, but PSG are determined to come out on top as much as they can.