Fantasy Premier League managers who own Kevin De Bruyne (£9.9m) will be assessing their options.
Big sales of De Bruyne will now follow for the second-most popular midfielder whose ownership of 25 per cent is rapidly decreasing.
But who should those owners seek as a replacement? The Scout takes a look.
Man City’s form player over the summer, with two goals and two assists. He scored their second goal in the Gameweek 1 win at Arsenal.
Mahrez produced 12 goals and 13 assists for Leicester City last season. He is owned by just five per cent and could be a big differential for Man City.
De Bruyne’s potential absence could also limit the threat of rotation for both Silva and Mahrez.
If the versatile Silva moves to a central role, there will be less competition for Mahrez in the attacking midfield.
He scored two goals in a sensational Gameweek 1 debut for Everton and can appeal to those looking to free up cash for big-hitting forwards.