When MK Dons lost a young Dele Alli to Tottenham Hotspur in 2015 at least they had £5 million in cold, hard cash to dry the tears.
And there’s a real chance Matthew Sorinola could be joining the former Stadium MK starlet in the Premier League next season.
But, unlike Alli, the highly rated defender could depart on a free with his contract expiring in July – much to the frustration of Dons boss Russell Martin.
“He got offered a contract a long time ago – one we consider fair and fits in with the structure of our club and for a young player – but he hasn’t signed it. There has been no real discussion from his end,” former Norwich City and Rangers defender Martin told the MK Citizen a few weeks back.
“It’s frustrating for me.”
Martin insisted at the time he wouldn’t freeze Sorinola out of his plans, despite the ongoing uncertainty.
And the MK Dons manager has been rewarded for his continued faith by a string of stand-out performances from the one-time Fulham prospect.
Sorinola even produced a hat-trick of assists in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over promotion-chasing Accrington Stanley, cutting inside from the left to devastating effect.
His glorious cross to set up Matt O’Reilly’s 92nd minute winner wouldn’t have looked out of place at the Etihad or Old Trafford, let alone Stadium MK.
According to TEAMtalk, Sorinola has admirers at Leeds United, Newcastle, West Ham, West Brom, Burnley and a host of Championship clubs.
We can see why. There aren’t many full-backs in the Football League capable of winning a game single-handedly.
Here’s what some MK Dons fans had to say on Twitter about Sorinola’s performance: