Tottenham Hotspur made a tidy profit on a player who is struggling in a big way.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has forged quite a decent reputation as being one of the shrewdest operators in English football.
And events at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday shows why he is regarded so highly.
The Tottenham chief sold defender Kevin Wimmer to Stoke City for £18 million (according to The Mirror) during the summer in what looks a brilliant piece of business, based on how much the Austrian has struggled.
Signed for £4.3 million a little over two years ago, the 24-year-old was slammed by Stoke fans for his first-half performance at Manchester City, before being subbed at the break by manager Mark Hughes.
And it wasn't the first time that Wimmer has been called into question since making his move.
Wimmer looking like an expensive Wollschield. #SCFC— boywiththorninside. (@coskickabow) October 14, 2017
Cameron & Wimmer poor. Jese is not a striker, how does Hughes not know/see that?— Thomas (@MrTommyWilliams) October 14, 2017
Wonder when we will see a return on the £18 Million Wimmer investment?— Adam (@stokieadam) October 14, 2017
Wimmer is absolutely dreadful my god— . (@SCFCRelated) October 14, 2017
Spurs had our pants down and smacked our arse with Wimmer. Ball watching that goal. Goddam awful start to his Stoke career.— StokieUK (@pharbron) October 14, 2017
Levy has earned bigger profits for Tottenham on certain players but many of them - Gareth Bale, Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric etc - went on to be important players for their next club.
He has never made big money on a complete flop, but Wimmer is heading in that direction and Spurs' £13.7 million profit looks like something of a masterstroke.