Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their would-be pursuit of Portugal striker Andre Silva.
The 25-year-old, who has scored 23 goals in 26 games for Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt this season, has emerged as a possible alternative to priority transfer target Erling Haaland.
Indeed, the former AC Milan player has even out-scored the Borussia Dortmund sensation in 2020/21 so far.
According to reports from Sport 1, Silva has a release clause that will become active ahead of the summer window, making him available for just £26million.
That’s around a quarter of what Haaland is expected to cost, as speculation over the future of both men continues to spiral.
Here, we take a closer look at what Silva has said about making a high-profile move amid links with United and La Liga giants Barcelona.
‘Rumours are rumours’
Refreshingly in the modern game, Portugal striker Silva – whose agent is none other than Jorge Mendes – directly responded to question marks over his future at the start of last month.
Of course, he didn’t openly say he would like to move on, but he was light-hearted enough to expect such reports on the back of his hugely-impressive goalscoring return in the Bundesliga.
Speaking to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, via Sport Witness, Silva said: “I’ve heard rumours, but that is it. Rumours are rumours.
“It’s something that gives me more motivation to work, as it’s a sign that what I have accomplished has borne fruit and the path has been good.”
When asked how much he would be worth in the transfer market, Silva added: “Around 105million? I’m kidding. I think I heard £30million somewhere. When we sell our merchandise, we always increase the value a little bit.
“Things are as they are and, whatever happens around us, the important thing is to look at me and what I can do.”
‘I am happy at Frankfurt’
While elite European clubs are set to go heavy-handed for Silva, it’s only 12 months ago he was deemed surplus to requirements by Serie A side AC Milan.
In turn, that prompted a permanent move to Frankfurt, where he spent the previous campaign on loan.
There is no doubt that Silva remains thankful to the Bundesliga club for giving him another chance, but the decision from his manager Adi Hutter to agree a summer switch to Borussia Monchengladbach may in turn impact what he sees as the best option for his own future.
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Speaking towards the end of last month, Silva said: “I think what we can say now that it was the right move. Besides that, I had to change everything again; the team, staff, language, environment, everything.
“That put me in a difficult point again, a difficult obstacle. But it made me grow even more than before. We can now see that I am feeling happy. I can enjoy, showing everything on the pitch. So this was the right move.”
Silva added: “Everybody in the world can speak about football, but you can’t compare them [divisions] because they are all different. What I can say about the Bundesliga is that everyone wants to win, everybody believes in his team.
“They put everything into the game. They don’t sit back only and want to defend.
“Everyone is thinking the same way in the sense they can win the game. Because of this, the Bundesliga is so attractive.”