After forcing Joe Hart to sit out of Manchester City's last few matches because of his increasingly poor form, it seems Manuel Pellegrini is seriously considering the possibility of signing a new goalkeeper when the January transfer window opens.
With the 2014 World Cup finals on the horizon, there's no question that Hart needs to be playing regular first-team football for his club.
So if worst comes to the worst for the 26-year-old shot-stopper, which clubs might attempt to sign the England No. 1?
Rumour has it that Barcelona will bring in Borussia Mönchengladbach's Marc-Andre ter Stegen as Victor Valdes's replacement next summer.
But will the Catalan giants have a change in heart if, ahem, Hart becomes available?
It seems unlikely. Hart isn't the most comfortable goalkeeper with the ball at his feet, and this would probably scupper any potential move taking the Englishman to the Camp Nou.
4. Real Madrid
Iker Casillas has been linked with a transfer to Manchester City - so could a deal be done involving Hart moving in the opposite direction?
It's not beyond the realms of possibility, although Hart would not be guaranteed first-team football at the Bernabeu, either.
Diego Lopez has excelled in the Spanish capital since his move from Sevilla earlier this year and would keep his place in goal regardless of Hart's arrival.
Juventus's first-choice goalkeeper, the legendary Gianluigi Buffon, isn't getting any younger. So, could the Old Lady attempt to lure Hart to Serie A?
Few English players have made the move to Italy in recent decades, but Juventus are rightfully considered one of Europe's most prestigious football clubs, and perhaps a little part of Hart would be tempted.
Moving to Juve would also allow his to reunite with former teammate Carlos Tevez, who has enjoyed a new lease of life since moving to Italy.
2. Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain's current goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has done a perfectly fine job for the reigning French champions since 2011, but an in-form Hart would be an upgrade.
PSG have the money to afford the Manchester City and England goalkeeper - and Paris isn't a million miles away from England - so perhaps this deal could be a go-er?
Yes, Wojciech Szczesny recently signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners, but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has always been an admirer of Hart's talents.
Hart seems like the sort of player who would be keen to stay in the Premier League - and you can imagine him jumping at the chance to join the north London outfit if his situation at the Etihad Stadium doesn't improve.
An in-form Szczesny v an in-form Hart? Wenger might choose the latter, given the choice.