Milner hullabaloo is laced with a bitter taste for Newcastle
So James Milner could end up joining Chelsea or Man City for a whopping ÃÂ£30million.
All of it feels like Milner has come back to bite Newcastle on the backside - and that's before he even kicks a ball against us next season (don't forget he played out of his skin in the game that sent us down).
When Milner quit Newcastle United in 2008 his fee of ÃÂ£12million was deemed as good business at the time even though there is a major hullabaloo erupting over sell on fees or lack of them as teams tussle for his signature.
True, Milner had allegedly been sold Kevin Keegan's back on a failed promise that Sebastian Schweinsteiger would be his replacement.
But ÃÂ£12million for a player that blew hot and cold wasn't bad money to a Tyneside public at the time who didn't know the extent of the problems behind the scenes at St James' Park.
Indeed as a bitter power control ended with nobody getting what they wanted as KK walked out and Mike Ashley felt the full force of a seething Toon Army, Milner's departure as one of straws that broke the camel's back was a mere afterthought.
In truth, United had actually done well to get ÃÂ£12million out of Villa - after intitially snubbing ÃÂ£8million- for a player that had sometimes flattered to deceive and had been scrutinised for his lack of goals and more importantly for a winger, his final product and assist ratio.
Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that since leaving Milner has came on leaps and bounds at Villa.
For a start he left with a massive point to prove after being shoddily treat by previous regimes at United.
And as a long serving member of the England Under-21 side it was always inevitable that he was going to play for England at senior level at some stage given the up and down nature of the Three Lions.
So perhaps forcing the issue of a sell on clause should have been a no brainer?
Martin O'Neill has played a blinder in getting the best out of Milner and there's no denying he now looks the part.
But remember how life had been for Milner - who has scored seven and created 12 in 36 games this term - before the last two seasons.
Check his stats out here http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=33817
It was Graeme Souness in 2005 that claimed that "We'll never win anything with a team of James Milners."
At the time his statement was probably stupid and harsh but you could kind of see where he was coming from.
Milner had some fantastic games for Newcastle and netted some wonderful goals for the Magpies - but consistency was his Achilles heel.
And by the end of his stint on Tyneside it was no wonder he wanted 'out' after he'd been treat for long periods like a second class citizen.
Soon after Souness had began dismantling the team that Sir Bobby Robson had hoped would keep Newcastle in Champions League contention, Milner was farmed out to Aston Villa in a deal that allowed Nobby Solano to return to United.
A decent stint at Villa Park looked to have signalled the end of his short stint at St James' as the Villians aimed to secure a permanent deal.
However, after United had chopped Souey and replaced him with Glenn Roeder suddenly his situation changed - but not for long.
After being reassured about his future, Newcastle sent Milner back to Villa for talks with a move for Mark Viduka about to be clinched, that fell through for Roeder and as a knock-on effect, so did Milner's move to Villa Park where he discovered it had collapsed when in the Villa car park.
Milner ended up staying at Newcastle for another two seasons but never seemed settled and looked like he was longing for a fresh start.
For me this became completely obvious when covering the Mags in the Mallorca Tournament when the usually approachable Milner refused to do an interview because he was "too hot" and introvertly walked from the ONO Stadium's changing rooms alone, leaving behind his team-mates who were full of banter in the Baleric heat!
At that point it looked like th end of the road and shortly after walking out of the Ricoh Arena in the Carling Cup clutching the man of the match champagne after a 3-2 win, Milner was finally a Villa player again in a ÃÂ£12million move.
As he marched off into the distance at the Ricoh Arena mixed zone, you could see he was a man with a point to prove.
Well, he's proved it all right and what a fee it could end up being too!