Arsenal's hopes of signing alleged Liverpool target Serge Aurier have been dealt a major blow after Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc made contact with the defender in an attempt to hijack his prospective transfer.
According to France Football, Blanc and PSG sporting director Olivier Letang have both been in touch with the Ivory Coast international to sound out his interest in a potential move to Parc des Princes as opposed to north London this summer.
Last weekend it looked as though Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had secured Aurier's signature, with the Daily Express reporting that the 21-year-old had agreed personal terms on a five-year contract at the Emirates Stadium.
The talented right-back was due to pen a £60,000-a-week deal, but could now make a u-turn and ditch Arsenal in favour of joining the Ligue 1 champions. Blanc is in the market for a new full-back and clearly has his sights set on Aurier.
Brendan Rodgers has also been mooted as an admirer of the highly-rated Toulouse star, as he continues his search for Anfield reinforcements ahead of Liverpool's return to the Champions League next season.
However, their chances of luring Aurier to Merseyside were hanging by the hope that a breakdown in negotiations with Arsenal would occur, with the Premier League club reluctant to raise their £6.5 million bid and meet Toulouse's £8 million valuation.
With talks seemingly stalling and no Arsenal announcement imminent, Reds fans could've been forgiven for having a renewed sense of optimism, but now that PSG appear to have stolen a march on Liverpool, the French capital appears to be Aurier's most likely destination.
Arsenal back-up plan?
Failure to land Aurier this summer will almost certainly force Wenger back into the transfer market to find a suitable replacement for the recently departed Bacary Sagna, who left the Emirates on a free transfer upon the expiry of his Arsenal contract earlier this summer.
Liverpool meanwhile will continue to scour the market conscientiously in the hope of finding a rival for Glen Johnson on the right side of defence in 2014/15 if Rodgers wants to keep progressing the club and take the team to the next level.