After starring for the Socceroos at the World Cup, Trent Sainsbury seemed destined for Europe but his current club Jiangsu Suning aren't letting him go so easily.
Despite twice loaning him out since buying him in 2016 and dropping him to their reserves side last week, the Chinese side have Sainsbury contracted for another six months.
Though seemingly surplus to requirements, Suning want to cash in on the Australian with AAP reporting that they are demanding a fee of over $1 million to let him move on early.
Those demands have all but ruined Sainsbury's potential move to Queens Park Rangers, with the 26-year-old previously very close to joining fellow Aussie Massimo Luongo at Loftus Road next season.
QPR are however already facing a financial fair play fine and aren't expected to shell out so much money for a player that will be available for free in a few months.
With his contract so close to expiring, Sainsbury won't be able to secure a loan move either and now faces a limbo of sorts after reaching all new heights in Russia.
Sainsbury started all three of the Socceroos World Cup group games and was particularly impressive in their opener against eventual winners France.
So good was his performance that his agent revealed afterwards that he fielded multiple calls of interest while the game was still going.