Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett has told Sky Sports that he expects Bakary Sako to join a Premier League team this summer.
Sako, 27, joined Wolves from Saint-Etienne back in 2012, and has become a Molineux hero over the last three years, scoring 16 goals last season as Wolves narrowly missed out on a play-off place.
Now though, Sako is on the move, having allowed his contract with Wolves to expire, making him a free agent - and a desirable one at that.
A recent report from Goal suggested that Aston Villa and Newcastle were amongst a handful of teams interested in signing Sako this summer, though The Telegraph believe that the Mali international is looking for wages in the region of £50,000-a-week, putting his Premier League dreams in doubt.
However, Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has told Sky Sports (19:29), that he expects Sako to join a Premier League club - and that's the least he deserves.
"I would expect Bakary to be playing in the Premier League next year, and for what he's done in recent seasons for Wolves he deserves that," said Jackett. "He will go with our blessing," he added.
What would Sako bring to a Premier League team?
The 27-year-old wide man has become one of the Football League's most dangerous players during his time at Wolves, possessing a rare combination of power and pace down the left hand side.
For a team lacking an impact player out wide - like Aston Villa or Newcastle - Sako would be ideal, arriving on a bargain free transfer.
His alleged wage demands are an issue, but if a team can bring those demands down, Sako could be one of the signings of the summer for a mid-table Premier League club.