Amidst the chaos of the European Super League forming, the overwhelming criticism by supporters and club legends, and then the withdrawals of nearly every club since, we still have time for good old fashioned transfer rumors. Ah! The rumor mill keeps on churning and today goal.com has given us a classic striker-to-replace striker, should the other striker leave (we’ve missed this the past few days). Goal is reporting that should Erling Haaland leave the Westfalenstadion, Borussia Dortmund will look to bring in Portuguese striking sensation André Silva from Eintracht Frankfurt as a replacement.
Borussia Dortmund will target Andre Silva if Erling Haaland leaves this summer, according to Bild— Goal (@goal) April 21, 2021
The Eintracht Frankfurt striker has scored 24 goals in 28 Bundesliga games this season pic.twitter.com/IRmTof7hSt
The 25-year old Portuguese International is having his best season as a pro, sitting second place in the Bundesliga scoring charts currently, 1 ahead of Erling Haaland. According to fbref.com Silva has scored 24 goals and provided 6 assists in 28 Bundesliga matches. Silva also scored a goal and laid on 2 assists in Frankfurt’s only two DFB-Pokal matches this season as well. Of course its a bit of a surprise given Silva hasn’t been highly touted, but if we look closer we can see signs of Silva’s star being on the rise. Last season Silva performed well in a more limited role, nonetheless he scored 16 goals and chipped in with 4 assists in only 28 starts across 3 different competitions.
This rumor ticks all the boxes doesn’t it? High profile striker out, while replacing with the next best thing. However, eagle eyed supporters may not see this as a viable option given Frankfurt look much more likely to play Champions League football next season, and will not want to give away their prized asset on the cheap, or at all. Although, according to transfermarkt, Silva’s contract runs until 2023 which would make this summer the best time to sell if the Portuguese front man chooses not to extend his deal. We also recall Frankfurt selling Luka Jovic, Ante Rebic, and Sebastian Haller all in a single summer, cashing in at the highest level possible for their prolific trio. With coach Adi Hütter also on his way to Borussia Mönchengladbach next season, perhaps Silva and Frankfurt would be best to move on come the end of the campaign. Would Silva fit it in at BVB?
Silva and Haaland are two different strikers in terms of service. While Haaland loves to have the ball played into feet while on the run, Silva is more of a target man than the Norwegian. Dortmund would need to set up a bit differently given how Silva is used to getting service for Die Adler, but with BVB boasting Raphael Guerreiro out wide on the left, you could argue that he will be given better quality from outside than he has ever had.
Would André Silva be a good fit for Dortmund?