Let’s get one thing clear for starters; Tonny Vilhena doesn’t wear sunglasses when he plays football.
However, the 19-year-old Dutchman, who was on the brink of being selected for the Louis van Gaal’s last World Cup squad, has been compared to the legendary Holland midfielder.
Southampton are in the market for another midfield option after Jack Cork’s departure to Swansea and Ronald Koeman seems set on raiding the Eredivisie again, having already taken two of its strongest players in the summer through the captures of Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle.
Pocket-sized Vilhena is perhaps slightly more at home in an advanced midfield position, although he is also capable of performing box-to-box midfield duties.
Vilhena has started less than half of Feyenoord’s league matches and there is definitely potential to be fulfilled. Koeman is already well on the way to doing this with January loan signing Eljiro Elia.
The cost looks the only stumbling block at present, with Southampton having only offered £3m and Feyenoord holding out for £5m. It is 2/5 that Vilhena is a Saints player by the closing of the winter window.
Koeman is also interested in boosting his wide options further, despite the strong start of Elia and the return of Sadio Mane from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Benfica’s Filip Djuricic is the player in question and he comes at the recommendation of the Benfica winger’s Serbian compatriot Tadic.
To see what Djuricic can do, see the video below.