Reported Southampton target Martin Hinteregger has no plans to leave Eintracht Frankfurt during the summer transfer window, sporting director Bruno Hubner has told Kicker.
While Frankfurt boss Adi Hutter is convinced this “machine” of a centre-back has the potential to star at Champions League level, the Austrian international is set to miss out on European football altogether in 2020/21.
The Eagles finished ninth in the Bundesliga last season.
But the lack of continental competition doesn’t mean Hinteregger is set to take a leaf out of Leo Messi’s book with a Burofax that sends ripples across the Comerzbank Arena.
Sky Sports has claimed Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big fan of the £20 million-rated former Augsburg and Monchengladbach ace – although Hubner is confident Frankfurt have nothing to fear.
“There will always be offers [for Martin], because he’s good,” the sporting director said.
“But he has clearly stated he sees himself here next season and further in the future.”
Frankfurter Rundschau claims an unnamed Premier League club (understood not to be Southampton) had an £18 million offer for Hinteregger rejected this week.
The 6ft stopper is one of the most commanding defenders in German football on his day but is more renowned for his ability in the other box.
With nine goals in all competitions last season, including one in a 5-1 thrashing of Bayern Munich, Hinteregger is one of the game’s most prolific defenders.