Southampton were one of several Premier League sides to be linked with a move for Hellas Verona goalkeeper Marco Silverstri earlier this year and they may now be regretting not signing him.
The Saints, Norwich City and Everton were all linked with a move for the former Leeds United man by TuttoMercatoWeb but the 29-year-old ended up staying with the Serie A club.
The shot-stopper enjoyed a very solid season in Italy’s top-flight last time out, as he conceded just 43 goals in 35 games, keeping nine clean sheets (per Transfermarkt).
The ‘keeper has started this season in arguably even more impressive form, having kept three clean sheets in their first seven fixtures, conceding just five goals (per Transfermarkt).
Whilst Alex McCarthy has impressed for Southampton this season, keeping four clean sheets in eight games, having Silverstri as a back-up could have been useful to Hasenhuttl, especially with the recent news on both of his back-up goalkeepers.
Angus Gunn has sustained an injury on loan with Stoke City, whilst Fraser Forster has been linked with a move back to Celtic, where he spent last year on loan. If Hasenhuttl isn’t careful, he could find himself without a back-up to McCarthy by the time the January transfer window comes around.
When making an appearance for Verona last back in 2018, TuttoMercatoWeb awarded the ‘keeper a 6.5 rating for his display despite a 3-0 loss against Benevento and suggested that he was “miraculous on several occasions” and that he could do nothing about any of the goals.
Considering Silvestri has now established himself as a first-team regular at Verona, and has earned himself a superb 7.2 rating for his performances in Serie A this season, it could definitely be argued that Southampton may be regretting not signing the £5.4 million-rated shot-stopper, particularly if Forster ends up departing in January.