You would have thought Moussa Sissoko wouldn't have had much trouble finding a new club after his Euro 2016 heroics for France earlier this summer.
The man that starred for Didier Deschamps' side looked an entirely different animal to the one who had struggled for any sort of consistency throughout his spell at Newcastle.
And after Real Madrid have seemingly lost out on both Andre Gomes and Paul Pogba, it looked like it was only a matter of time before Sissoko was paraded in front of the Bernabeu faithful.
In fact, only yesterday there were reports suggesting Zinedine Zidane was even prepared to offer two of his own players to go in the other direction in order to secure the Frenchman.
But there has been another twist in the tale and reports in Spain are now suggesting the Champions League winners have dropped their interest entirely.
The sudden U-turn - as published by Marca - is even more surprising considering Jese Rodriguez's imminent switch to Paris Saint-Germain.
Zidane confirmed on Wednesday that talks between the Madrid and PSG were ongoing and it's highly unlikely Rodriguez would be allowed to leave if a replacement wasn't already being lined up.
Sissoko's £35 million price tag has certainly limited the dynamic midfielder's options and only a brave Premier League side or rich club from abroad is going to be prepared to pay such a fee.
The 26-year-old has scored 13 times from over 150 appearances for Newcastle but has shown brief glimpses of the form he displayed at international level last month.
Madrid dropping out of the race has left the door wide open for someone else to jump in, however, Rafael Benitez has every right to be feeling slightly more optimistic about keeping his star man at St James' Park after seeing off the main favourites.
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