According to a report in the Daily Mail, Adama Traore is expected to leave Aston Villa - should the Midlands side be relegated this season.
Villa are currently eight points away from safety in the Premier League, and their chances of being a top flight club next season look very slim.
As a result, the Claret and Blues are already making emergency plans - and they will be required to cut their wage bill if they are playing Championship football next term.
Without Premier League payments, Villa realise it will be impossible to sustain their current level of salary spending.
Traore is one of their top earners, and is on a contract which could rise to being worth around £90,000-a-week.
However, Villa are believed by the Mail to have put in a relegation clause in his contract, which means he is likely to become available in the summer.
Traore has not had the impact that Villa were expecting him to when they signed him from Barcelona last summer.
The 20-year-old has made just 10 appearances all season, with injury harming his progress at Villa Park.