Southampton were one of the sides interested in signing Andre Silva from AC Milan in 2019 but reportedly saw a bid rejected, and he is now starring in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt, so it will undoubtedly be a cause of frustration for Ralph Hasenhuttl that the Saints couldn’t complete the deal.
According to reports from Italy, Southampton made a loan-to-buy offer for the Portuguese international nearly two years ago but it was rejected by the Serie A side, as they valued him at around €25m (£21m), whereas the South Coast club had reportedly offered just €18m (£15m).
He was subsequently sent on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt for the 2019/20 season and despite the former Porto man scoring 16 goals in all competitions, Milan were more than willing to cash in on him last summer, with Ante Rebic going the other way after spending the season on loan with I Rossoneri.
The striker’s incredible 7.54 average rating across the season so far is enough to see him rated as the sixth-best player in the Bundesliga so far this campaign, whilst it would comfortably rank him as Southampton’s best performer if he had produced the same numbers with the South Coast club this season.
As a Portuguese international, Silva has drawn high praise from Cristiano Ronaldo in the past. The former Man Utd superstar claimed his fellow countryman was doing a “phenomenal job” and that it wasn’t just down to his ability to score – so clearly, he offers far more than just goals.
His market value has understandably shot up in that time, with Transfermarkt now valuing the 25-year-old frontman at a career-high £37.8m, whilst Manchester City have also been linked with him in recent weeks.
Therefore, given his performances in the last two seasons in Germany, it definitely seems fair to suggest that Hasenhuttl would have loved to have a player such as Silva in his side at Southampton, especially with the South Coast club in danger of losing star striker Danny Ings this summer.
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