Matheus Nunes likely did not expect Manchester City to be sniffing around him this summer. However, a series of unfortunate events means that the midfielder could complete a move to the Etihad before the transfer window closes on Friday.
First, Kevin De Bruyne was ruled out for a significant chunk of the season through a hamstring injury. Then, City's pursuit of preferred target Lucas Paqueta ran aground, with the West Ham star reportedly under investigation by the FA due to breaching betting rules.
This has led to Nunes attracting the Cityzens' attention - and he's made it abundantly clear that he's willing to do anything to force the move through. After City saw an initial offer for the player turned down, he effectively went on strike, refusing to train for Wolves.
Manager Gary O'Neil is putting on a brave face publicly, insisting after his side's Carabao Cup victory over Blackpool that he expected Nunes to stay, but if the treble winners increase their offer, he will surely be on his way out of the door.
Of course, this behaviour is nothing new. Down through the years, we've seen several Premier League players employ some questionable tactics in order to secure a transfer.