Manchester United's transfer policy was characteristically bold this summer.
Ander Herrera and Romelu Lukaku were both allowed to leave without direct replacements being brought in, which is testament to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's faith in young players like Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood who will be required to step up.
Herrera had run down his contract, but the decision to let Lukaku join Inter Milan raised a few more eyebrows.
Yet, in the simplest of terms, if Solskjaer believes a player has no future at the club, they are being shipped out - which brings us neatly to Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean has scored a grand total of three goals in 60 games since moving to Old Trafford in an effective swap deal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the other direction to Arsenal.
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The forward's demise has been staggering.
In the 2016/17 campaign, he scored 24 league goals, only Lukaku (Everton) and Harry Kane (Spurs) netting more.
In public, Solskjaer has backed the 30-year-old, telling the assembled media:
"It's these stories again that he's been put in the reserves - of course he hasn't.
"He's a few weeks behind the rest, but he's very close to being part of it.
"We don't have the biggest forward line in numbers, so Alexis might end up playing a lot more games than you expect. We expect him to come good at this club. He's quality."
That's all very well, but behind the scenes it seems there is some truth in rumours that United are trying to exile Sanchez.
Per Italian journalist Tancredi Palmieri, they have even now reached agreement on a loan deal with Roma that would see his parent club pay €9.5m of his wages. It's an eye-watering amount of money just to get rid of someone.
The trouble is, Sanchez is refusing to move.
Maybe he doesn't fancy a shot at Serie A, maybe he fears not getting into their starting XI which already boasts several impressive attacking options.
Or perhaps he's in no rush to abandon his current lifestyle of rolling in £500,000-a-week for doing a whole lot of nothing. Who knows?
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