This seems very plausible. He is a high earner and close to triggering a contract extension which we probably don't want. Barely played this season due to injuries and is still injured now, not due back for a while I believe?
He's effectively the same player he was all those years ago at Liverpool. Very good on the ball, capable of great moments, but very immobile and often a bit of a passenger. Also suffering a lot from recurring injuries of late.