Mathew Tait could have played his last game for Sale, with reports claiming the England back is on the verge of a move to Leicester.
Tait, who is set to undergo surgery on a dislocated shoulder suffered against Cetransa El Salvador, moved to the Sharks three years ago from Newcastle and has been largely used at outside centre.
However Tait could now leave Edgeley Park - with the Tigers viewing the 24-year-old as the long-term replacement for Geordan Murphy at full-back.
Tait shone for England in the 2007 World Cup at full-back but his international career has stalled since - with injuries not helping his progress.
Tait will follow fellow England international Charlie Hodgson out of the club, with new executive director Steve Diamond lining up Russia's Vasily Artemiev as a potential new recruit.
Diamond worked with Artemiev during his time as Russia coach and wants the winger to join after the World Cup.