Manchester City’s hopes of signing Andre Silva this summer are over after the Portuguese international agreed on a move to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.
According to football journalist Fabrizio Romano, the striker will join RB Leipzig from fellow German side Eintracht Frankfurt this summer, following a superb campaign that saw him hit 29 goals in all competitions.
Only Robert Lewandowski scored more goals than the 25-year-old in the German top-flight last season, so it was no surprise when Manchester City were linked with his signing, as a potential alternative to the more expensive options of Harry Kane and Erling Haaland.
City are very much in the market for a striker this summer as they look to replace the legendary Sergio Aguero after he joined Barcelona, and Silva could well have added the instinctual finishing tht Guardiola’s side lacked on a number of occasions last season.
Whilst they ran away with the Premier League title and sealed their customary Carabao Cup trophy, they fell short in the FA Cup and Champions League and arguably need a more clinical finisher than Gabriel Jesus next season if they are to achieve their aspirations in Europe.
After signing permanently from AC Milan last summer following an impressive loan spell, the “phenomenal” Silva was in sensational form last season, contributing 28 goals and five assists in just 32 Bundesliga appearances, averaging a superb 7.51 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
This was enough to rank him as the fifth-best player in the German top-flight last season, so certainly could have been a strong addition to Guardiola’s side this summer, especially when you consider that Ilkay Gundogan finished as City’s top scorer in the Premier League with just 13 goals.
Unfortunately for Guardiola, Silva will be plying his trade at the Red Bull Arena next season, and the Spanish manager will surely be gutted that another of City’s potential striker targets is no longer available.
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