Sporting Lisbon's Adrien Silva
To any avid watcher of the Portuguese top flight, it was little surprise that Adrien Silva emerged as one of the best midfielders on the continent as Fernando Santos’ underrated Iberians lifted the Euro 2016 trophy on French soil.
After all, the combative 28-year-old had been performing with identical tenacity and class for Sporting Lisbon for a number of seasons.
In fact, the only surprise was that he did not fly the Lisbon nest on the back of his nation’s historic triumph in Paris.
This is despite L’Equipe claiming that Tottenham Hotspur were interested in the £13 million-rated Sporting skipper last summer.
And, though Spurs were hardly lacking in midfield quality last season thanks to the signing of Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks’ emergence, they could perhaps rue not signing Silva for such a bitesize fee.
Because, according to Record, Tottenham are now planning to offer a monstrous £26.5 million 12 months on. That, for all of you without a calculator to hand, is twice as much as they were prepared to offer last summer.
It would be little surprise if Silva finally moved to the Premier League this summer after he admitted recently that he was keen to try his hand abroad. In fact, he welcomed interest from Leicester City.
However, while Tottenham are frequently lauded for their ability to spot a bargain, you could forgive chairman Daniel Levy for wincing as he forks out £26.5 million for Silva this summer.