Any Premier League clubs looking for a temporary solution at full-back need look no further than Swiss veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner.
The 34-year-old will end his seven-year spell with Juventus at the end of his contract in June, having already signalled his intent not to join another Serie A club.
Borussia Dortmund appeared poised to bring him in on a free transfer only for talks between the two parties this week to break down, as confirmed by the player himself.
With the riches of the Chinese Super League of no interest, the Premier League could be an interesting compromise. Despite his advancing years, his tenacity and aggression down the right could prove a genuine asset on these shores for clubs, namely Crystal Palace, that could benefit from the wealth of experience the seven-time Serie A winner could bring.
Palace have one of the brightest young right-backs in the league among their ranks in Aaron Wan-Bissaka; the recipient of the club's young player of the year award, who many will back to nail down that role for years to come. However, the academy graduate has just seven senior games under his belt.
There are not many better options out there that the seasoned Lichtsteiner to help the 20-year-old refine his game next season and with Joel Ward out of contract next month and Timothy Fosu-Mensah returning to Manchester United. Options are needed.
Of course, such a move would require some Attilio Lombardo-inspired magic from Steve Parish and the rest of the Palace hierarchy to convince a player to leave the Old Lady for South Norwood, but stranger things have happened.