Suso’s days at Liverpool have appeared to be numbered for some time, with the Spanish midfielder unable to nail down a regular role at Anfield.
A season-long loan at La Liga side Almeria in 2013/14 offered him a stage on which to impress and a shop window to the wider footballing world.
The 20-year-old certainly caught the eye back in his homeland, with regular outings drawing admiring glances from afar.
He has, however, found himself back in the shadows on Merseyside since returning to England and attention has started to drift towards next summer – when he will be out of contract.
Serie A heavyweights AC Milan are said to have been closely monitoring his situation, with an approach mooted once Suso is free to speak with interested parties in February.
No deal has been discussed as yet, though, and an extended stay at Liverpool has not been ruled out.
Suso’s agent Jaume Serra told calciomercato.it: “There is no agreement with AC Milan for a move in the January market. It is a possibility, but for now it is nothing more."
“Liverpool are also pushing for a contract extension, so I wouldn’t rule anything out. It is too early to talk about what will happen.”
Should Liverpool be doing all they can to fend off interest from afar and retain the services of a player with considerable promise?
There is no questioning that Suso, on his day, is a player blessed with match-winning ability, much like Anfield colleague Philippe Coutinho.
Has he shown enough of those talents though?
Suso has found himself out of favour since Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge arrived at Anfield, with the emergence of Raheem Sterling and the acquisition of Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic adding to the competition for places.
Brendan Rodgers will be understandably reluctant to part with a youngster who could go on to bigger and better things elsewhere but, having placed considerable faith in a number of big-money signings, it may be time to accept that Suso will only flourish if he is freed from the shackles of a fringe role at a Premier League heavyweight.