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Southampton regret missing out on two £100m strikers

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A few years ago in an interview with the athleteFormer Southampton owner Rupert Lowe admitted the Saints had a £3million double deal to bring both Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda to St Mary’s, seven years before they devastatingly dovetailed, to fire Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea to Premier League glory.

Oh what could have been if Lowe had ended the summer of 2003 arm in arm with Drogba and Malouda?

Sooner rather than later, Saints supporters could look back on summer 2020 with a similar sense of regret.

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Corresponding CalciomercatoSouthampton made a £11million bid for a little-known Almeria striker named Darwin Nunez two years ago.

Earlier in the summer, it was reported that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were also adding another highly-rated centre-forward, Ascoli’s Serie B loanee Gianluca Scamacca (TMW).

Looking two years ahead, you’d struggle to get much change out of the £100million shared between the pair.

What could have been for Southampton?

Nunez has scored 31 goals in 36 games this season. Including one in a fearsome performance during last week’s Champions League clash with Liverpool.

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Corresponding The sun, the who’s who of Premier League clubs are battling for powerhouse Uruguay. And as for Benfica, the bid starts at £65m for a man who fulfills Jorge Jesus’ ‘world class’ prophecy.

An Italy international versus Saints hero Graziano Pelle, Scamacca won’t cost quite as much as Nunez due to his impressive physique and emphatic finish. But it won’t be cheap either.

According to Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali, anyone who wants to lure Scamacca away from the Mapei Stadium will have to give up “at least €40m (£33m)”.

For Drogba and Malouda in 2003, read Nunez and Scamacca in 2020.

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In other news: ‘The hunger is still there’: Roy Keane says the Liverpool native, 31, is a ‘great character’

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Brian Ashcraft

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