Andre Silva is one of the most in-form strikers in Europe this season – and the Portugal international could prove to be something of a bargain signing.
In the forthcoming summer transfer window, in the midst of a global pandemic, big prices are being demanded for some of the hottest talents on the planet, but Silva could offer rare value.
Silva, who has previously had spells in Italy and Spain, is now in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt – and he’s been on fire this term, scoring 24 goals in all competitions with the club bang in the middle of a Champions League push.
Frankfurt are currently fourth. They’ve lost just three of their 28 league games and are seven points clear of chasing Borussia Dortmund, thanks in no small part to Silva’s goals.
There are reports in Germany this week, however, that the player himself – who signed a contract back in September which is due to run until the summer of 2023 – has a €30million release clause inserted into that agreement.
In a window where Manchester United transfer priority Erling Haaland could spark a bidding war among Europe’s biggest football clubs, Silva could be considered as a more affordable alternative option.
It’s understood that, at this moment in time, that United have no plans for Silva.
“I’ve heard rumours, but that is it. Rumours are rumours”, Silva told Portuguese newspaper O Jogo recently, of what the future holds and those United links.
“At the end of this season, it’s something that gives me more motivation to work, it’s a sign that what I have accomplished has borne fruit and the path has been good.”
When asked him how much is he worth in the current transfer market, Silva joked: “Around 105 million? I’m kidding. I think I heard 30 and something somewhere… when we sell our merchandise, we always increase the value a little bit.
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“Things are as they are and, whatever happens around us, the most important thing is to look at me and what I can do.”
Despite the success on the pitch this season, the summer ahead looks an uncertain one for Frankfurt.
Boss Adi Hütter has already confirmed that he is to take over at Borussia Monchengladbach in time for next season, so there are no guarantees that even Champions League football will be enough to convince their star players to remain.
United, meanwhile, have put a new striker at the top of their transfer wish-list.
Edinson Cavani could leave Old Trafford once the season ends, and the club’s hierarchy are working to identify a new focal point, with Haaland and Harry Kane also admired.
But should they fail to land the Borussia Dortmund striker, then a move for another Bundesliga star might be a prudent idea.