Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is considering a surprise move for Victor Valdes, according to reports.
Crystal Palace are the next visitors to the Etihad Stadium towards the end of a first season under the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager that many had predicted would end in a title challenge.
Manchester City return to Premier League action this weekend as they welcome Leicester City to the Etihad on Saturday.
The striker's good performances in key matches last season made him a strong replacement for Sergio Aguero and while he continued that good form when scoring in City's 2-1 over Manchester United at Old Trafford this season, he hasn't done enough for a permanent place in the side.
Jesus Navas (31), Gael Clichy (31), Pablo Zabaleta (32), Yaya Toure (33), Bacary Sagna (34) and Willy Caballero (35) are yet to find out if they have a future at the club as contract talks have reportedly been delayed until the season is finished.
He did, however, make clear that their fates have been sealed, adding: "It does not depend if they play the last three games".
Pep Guardiola appears to have given up on catching second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, but has his eyes on finishing third in his maiden Premier League season to secure automatic Champions League qualification.
Do you think Valdes would be a good goalkeeper for City? And in the Champions League we were not ready to compete with the best teams in Europe. "I expected a fight until the end in the Premier League, fighting for the league until the last four or five games". Can you play that way, with those players and win this league?
Guardiola, though, disagrees, saying on Friday: "Gary Neville played in England. But we are going to communicate it after the season", Guardiola said.
"The only power I have is that the teams will play the way I want to play".
"And here they don't compete, they don't play with each other".
Then, that summer, a row with the Dutchman about playing with the reserves saw Valdes banished from all first team activities, and he even had his club suit taken from him, before being allowed to leave last summer by Jose Mourinho.
In tonight's game, his play-making skills can do a lot as Leicester City's defence have not been in the best shape lately.
Playmaker David Silva backed the progress being made by Guardiola and believes next season will bring greater rewards. This season, it's been our first contact, the change of an idea.