Adrien Rabiot has not come to any sort of secret agreement to join Roma in the future, according to manager Rudi Garcia.
The transfer saga involving Paris Saint-Germain's Rabiot has been rumbling on for several weeks now, with Premier League duo Arsenal and Chelsea having been closely linked with his signature along with the Serie A outfit.
With Roma's interest firmly established, it had even been suggested in some quarters that the club had gone ahead and submitted an offer for the midfielder in order to beat their rivals to the punch ahead of the market re-opening for business in January.
No Roma deal
And while Garcia conceded that Roma did retain an interest in his compatriot, he was quick to confirm that no agreement for the 21-year-old to move to the Stadio Olimpico had yet been reached.
"He's a big player and he's a player in whom we are interested," the Frenchman told Canal Plus in an interview that was brought to our attention by The Daily Express.
"Our club follows all players who have big potential. He's a PSG player and I have nothing else to say about him. He has no secret agreement with us."
Arsenal and Chelsea to swoop?
Garcia's insistence that Rabiot's potential switch to Italy is far from confirmed is likely to offer Arsenal and Chelsea - as well as any other suitors - renewed hope, although it remains to be see if either club's transfer plans will alter somewhat through the winter as injuries begin to inevitably dictate January recruitment policy.
If Arsene Wenger or Jose Mourinho do intend to revisit a potential offer for the frustrated but undeniably talented starlet in the new year, then it could be that they will have to offer one of their current assets in order to entice PSG into selling to them.
This is in light of speculation that first began circulating over the weekend, which suggested - rather incredibly, since £9.5 million-rated Rabiot is hardly considered a vital first-team player under Laurent Blanc at the Parc des Princes - that PSG were planning to use Rabiot as a makeweight as part of a ploy to lure covered Dutch international Kevin Strootman to Ligue 1.