With the new season ready to be embraced by Reading fans, and the slightest hints of optimism creeping in across the Madejski Stadium, the club are set to piss away arguably our most talented young player for a paltry fee.
It's just like the good old days.
Except, this deal, an accepted bid worth £2 million from fellow Championship side Norwich City (presumably plus some add-ons) that's reported by The Mirror, would represent a marked decline from the 'Reading Way'.
For all the talk of moving on to a fresh identity, and breaking free from the perilous restrictions that saw the club sell Matt Mills for £4m+ and take a whopping £3m from Derby for a striker that hasn't scored since, this is simply a terrible deal.
Firstly, it is true Tshibola hasn't set the world alight for long periods of time, and is injury prone. But, when he has played he's shown the essence of a dependable and confident box-to-box midfielder, straight out of the academy, and with great potential. £2m just does not do this justice.
Furthermore, why do we need to sell? Are we that short of cash? Quite frankly any other reasoning, bar the exceptional or something we don't know, seems far less likely.