Tottenham have been linked with loaning Danny Rose to Schalke.
It would cap a remarkable decline for the left-back, to be loaned out when he was previously valued at £50 million plus.
Rose's poor year stems from injury, fitness struggles and mixed form, as well as mental challenges he admits to facing.
Just as damaging was his controversial interview criticising the club and their wage structure and transfer policy, given to The Sun nearly exactly a year ago on August 10 2017.
Tottenham fined Rose following his outburst and he apologised, but his on pitch battle has meant he has not been able to re-assert his standing on or off the field.
Sending him out on loan is another extreme, and ensuring it is out of sight in Germany would be an insult to Rose, making clear Tottenham simply do not want him around.
Revenge from chairman Daniel Levy? Very possibly.