Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has caught the attention of many clubs as his contract runs out this summer.
The France international, 23, has been exiled to train with PSG's under-23s after telling the club he won't sign a new deal.
Now comments from club captain Thiago Silva have added further weight to rumours Rabiot is on the brink of leaving the club.
Speaking after PSG’s 9-0 win over Guingamp, Silva admitted that if Rabiot leaves, it won’t necessarily be a bad thing, the Express reports .
“A mistake to let him leave? I do not say that he is,” the Brazilian defender said.
“He made his decision and the club in turn took its own. He is a good boy.
“But he made his choice and we must respect it.
“Now, we need to work for a midfield that can help us without Rabiot.”
Liverpool , Tottenham and Arsenal have all been linked with a move for Rabiot, who has made more than 150 appearances for PSG since 2012.
But Barcelona are believed to be willing to pay the £5million the Parisians are asking for.
Rabiot was banished to the reserves earlier in the week as his future hangs in the balance.
The midfielder left the club's winter training camp in Qatar early for family reasons and is now training with the second string.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, manager Thomas Tuchel said: "I have to prepare my team against Guingamp and it will be a team without Adrien. I respect the decisions of the club and this is a decision of the club."