Mauricio Pinilla could have signed for West Ham United but he ended up at Genoa and the well-travelled marksman is already a hit for the Grifone.
When it became clear that the 30-year-old was leaving Cagliari, West Ham were on alert but never made a move for Pinilla.
And they may wish they had because he has made a lightning start to life with Serie A side Genoa.
Pinilla scored a late goal to help Genoa down Lazio 1-0 last weekend and also found the target in Week 1's defeat against Napoli.
Salas, the best Chilean striker to play in Serie A, hit a total of 36 goals in Italy, while Pinilla now has 34 and is expected to overtake The Matador.
It would be some achievement for a striker who has often not been given the respect he deserves and labelled something of a journeyman.