Southampton fans hope their club’s success will continue well into May as the Saints aims for a spot in the UEFA Champions League next season. One player to help manager Ronald Koeman achieve this will be Rafa Silva according to the Daily Mirror.
At just 21-years-old, Rafa Silva has shot to fame at S.C. Braga in Portugal and Koeman has been tracking his progress for a long time. With spells in the academies of Povoense, Alverca and Feirense, Silva broke into the laters side, making 41 league appearances and scoring 10 goals. In June 2013 he signed for Braga and has since played 35 league matches, scoring 4 times from midfield.
Rafa Silva is valued at around £15m by Braga with Southampton desperate to add him to his squad to push for a place in the Premier League’s top four. Silva has represented his country Portugal at Under-20 and Under-21 level before making his full national debut in February 2014, since totalling 3 caps.
Koeman has shown his transfer nous this campaign after his move to St Mary’s Stadium, rebuilding the squad that was decimated by a number of major departures to fellow Premier League sides. Their performances have been far above expectation and the out-witting of fellow Dutchman Louis Van Gaal as they beat Manchester United last weekend proved this.