Stoke City are set to lose goalkeeper Lee Grant in the coming days, with the goalkeeper reportedly on his way to Manchester United to become the Red Devils' third-choice in the department behind David de Gea and Sergio Romero.
With the Potters' first-choice goalie Jack Butland most likely to remain in the Premier League following the club's relegation last term, manager Gary Rowett wouldn't have thought about a more capable replacement for the 25-year-old than the 35-year-old, and Grant's imminent departure is surely a bitter pill to swallow now.
The former Burnley star has been more than a reliable backup for Stoke City since initially arriving on loan in August 2016, with his performances that campaign earning him the club's player of the year award.
Grant's impressive performances earned him a permanent move to the Britannia Stadium six months later, and he would have without an iota of doubt been the perfect goalkeeper for the Potters next season given his veteran status in the Championship.
The Englishman has over a decade experience in the second-tier, impressing for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County, and such technical wealth and know-how of the division would have surely come handy for Stoke as they look to secure instant promotion back to the top-flight.
Indeed, a lot of the club's stars are expected to move on this summer, but nobody saw Grant's imminent departure coming, and it surely counts as one of Stoke City's biggest blows this summer given the huge loss his exit is set to bring.