Arsenal's very public desire to sign a centre-back this summer has made it seemingly impossible for them to actually bring one to the Emirates Stadium.
For every target they have registered an interest in, the player's respective club has driven the asking price way beyond any reasonable offer Arsene Wenger is prepared to make.
It has forced the Arsenal boss to extend his search past the initial big names and he is now considering players who are out of favour at their current side.
According to The Mirror, Monaco's Marcel Tisserand has been subject to an enquiry from the north London side.
Tisserand was reportedly close to completing a loan move to Espanyol but wants to see if Arsenal turn their initial interest into an official offer.
The 23-year-old can be utilised at right-back as well as more centrally but has struggled to breakthrough into Monaco's first team setup.
In fact, he has only made seven appearances for Leonardo Jardim's side and has spent most of his career on loan at Ligue 1 rivals Lens and Toulouse.
Tisserand also made his international debut for DR Congo earlier this year so the Premier League would still represent a giant step up.
Even more so when you consider the scrutiny Wenger is already under after just two games into the new season.
A 4-3 opening day defeat to Liverpool was followed by a goalless stalemate against defending champions Leicester City and many Arsenal fans are already disgruntled by their team's inability to sufficiently strengthen the squad during the summer.
Failure to land both Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette has left a lot to be desired about the Gunners' striking department while the lack of progress made to sign Shkodran Mustafi has forced Wenger to start the campaign with inexperienced new signing Rob Holding at centre-back.
Of course, he could not have foreseen the unfortunate injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista but Wenger's stubbornness to wait out for the right deal continues to do him no favours with the Arsenal faithful.