Just one of many convoluted human plot points that took place during this summer's wild transfer window, Monaco's 18-year-old wunderkind Kylian Mbappe was coveted by practically all of Europe's biggest clubs, including Manchester City, who made tried to sign him before he ultimately chose to stay in France with PSG.
Tried, being the operative word here.
Speaking to french newspaper L'Equipe, the French international said that he met Pep Guardiola at the end of last season to discuss a potential move to England, but while he enjoyed the chat, he wasn't so convinced about City.
"When I saw him, we talked tactical setups, the way in which he would use me. We talked more about that than my qualities, because I know myself better than anyone. Even Guardiola can't tell me what I already know. I didn't say 'no' to Guardiola, I said 'no' to Manchester City."
Along with City, European Champions Real Madrid were also left frustrated in their pursuit of the striker, who denies that he chose to join PSG because Madrid couldn't guarantee him playing time.
"It's not a question of certainty [of playing], because you never have certainty. That's a load of rubbish. No one's going to write into your contract that you're certain of playing here or there. But I felt that in Paris, I was more likely to than in Madrid."
"It was important for me to stay in my country. To do six months and then leave like a thief in the night, that's not worthy of the greats. Great players win everywhere they go. In France, I didn't feel I had earned that respect that would make me a great player."
Maybe next year, Pep?