In arguably the most surprising news of the transfer window, Arsenal will allow Jack Wilshere to leave the Emirates on loan for the season.
It comes after the midfielder was left out of Sam Allardyce’s first England squad, and after a season where he struggled for fitness – but still somehow made it to Euro 2016.
A temporary spell away from Arsenal will give Wilshere the game time to get back to full fitness, and perhaps back in the England squad for the next round of World Cup qualifiers.
But where will he go? We’ve made a list of five potential destinations for the 24-year-old:
West Ham United
Immediately after the news broke that Wilshere will be allowed to leave, West Ham were instantly credited with interest.
The Hammers have struggled so far this season, and currently have Dimitri Payet out injured, meaning they’ve found creating chances difficult.
They do have a number of midfield options already – including new England man Michail Antonio – but would surely be interested in taking the former Bolton loanee if the chance arises.
Another potential interest could be Everton, as Ronald Koeman further strengthens his side before the transfer window shuts.
If a move to Goodison Park did come off, Wilshere could link up with fellow England reject Ross Barkley.
The Toffees have spent big money this summer and had their pockets boosted by the sale of John Stones, so definitely have the financial clout to pull off a loan move.
They’re also unlikely to be challenging for the top four but play good football, potentially providing Wilshere with a good platform from which to rebuild.
This one seems unlikely, but Wilshere was heavily courted by City last summer, only for them to admit defeat when Arsenal refused to sell.
Pep Guardiola has already signed Ilkay Gundogan to strengthen his centre midfield options, but the German is currently out injured and if the former Barcelona boss likes the look of Wilshere, could move for him.
City could offer the added advantage of Champions League football, and could certainly afford a loan fee if the Gunners decided to include one.
After losing Paul Pogba this summer, Juventus are in the market for another midfielder.
A move abroad would surely be beneficial to Arsenal, while the chance to take in another style of football would definitely help Wilshere’s progression.
Whether or not Juve would be willing to take a chance on Wilshere’s injury record or not is another matter, but they could use a replacement to fill the void left by the world’s most expensive midfielder.
Another one that sounds strange when first mentioned, but the Germans are another team looking for a replacement for a departed star.
That star, Granit Xhaka, moved to Arsenal earlier this summer, and had the England man been available for loan back then, Monchengladbach may have asked for him as part of the deal.
The Bundesliga side could also offer Champions League football, and a chance to learn some of the German style of football that has plagued England on the international stage over the years.
Wherever Wilshere goes, he must hope he can stay fit and regain some of the form that made him one of the brightest talents this country has ever produced.