Manchester United are willing to cash in on Adnan Januzaj for £8 million this summer, The Sun report.
The attacking midfielder was once hailed as one of the brightest stars of European football, but has failed to kick on since his breakthrough season at Old Trafford in 2013/14.
Neither Louis van Gaal nor Jose Mourinho wanted to keep him around, sending him out on loan, and Januzaj is currently out at Sunderland.
Yet if United are expecting the Black Cats to be bidders, it's not necessarily straightforward.
Firstly Sunderland would have to guarantee Premier League survival, for Januzaj is not the type of player likely to cope, let alone thrive in the Championship, even if he was willing to make the step down.
Secondly it is not a deal which would go over well with Sunderland fans, considering there are calls for his loan deal to be terminated already.
Januzaj was on the losing side as Sunderland lost 2-0 to Burnley last night in the FA Cup.
Can we send Januzaj back please and get another loan in, Moyes is the only person in the world who thinks he is a good player.— Really Grumpy Mackem (@JohnnyR1Red) January 17, 2017
Can we just terminate januzaj's contract. Never seen such utter crap— DJ Col inda house yo (@Mackem25) January 17, 2017
Think of the 20k odd you earn a year. We pay Adnan Januzaj 3 x that a week. Let that sink in— John Ridley (@Ridderz86) January 17, 2017
Not impressed that Januzaj plays tonight. Disgrace to the shirt on Sat. Should be back at Man U #safc— Kevin Dinsdale (@dinsdale_kevin) January 17, 2017
Doubt Januzaj has broke sweat either the lazy little twat. Would pack him straight back to Man United.— Phil Browell (@phil_browell) January 17, 2017
Januzaj is just 21 and has time on his side to reach his potential, but he is not having any success with struggling side Sunderland at present.
He has made 17 appearances, scoring once and providing one assist, and the days of international sides battling over who he would play for seem a long time ago.
The Sun's report claim French side Lyon are interested instead, and could make their move in the summer.