Everton is a fine old club, with great traditions.
Unfortunately the stadium, Goodison Park, is also old, but not so fine. And it now seems that one Everton tradition is the need to sell the best players in order to survive.
Manchester City is so keen for Joleon Lescott (god knows why) that they paid Everton £22m for his services.
A sum of £22m for an average defender who cannot lock down an England place was quite remarkable, but it did get Everton through another season.
It is now being reported that Manchester United enquired about Jack Rodwell in the January transfer window, but no agreement could be reached.
Manchester City are no doubt interested in a great young player, so it may be that Everton sells again in the summer for a fee of about £20m.
As a Manchester City fan, I would welcome Rodwell at my club, but it would be with a tinge of sadness, as it would show yet again how desperately poor Everton's future will be without a new owner.
How long Everton can remain in the top flight and truly competitive whilst having to sell to survive is anybody's guess, but I sincerely hope that they can.
That said, the idea of Rodwell wearing Sky Blue is a welcome one.