Cherries scouts in attendance for Champions League shock
Bournemouth could be about to revisit their former interest in Tonny Vilhena after a club scout saw him score in Krasnodar's shock win against Porto on Tuesday.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported that scouts from eight Premier League clubs were officially in attendance at the Dragao for the third qualifying round tie, which finished 3-2 to the visitors.
Bournemouth’s representative was joined by those from Watford, Leicester, Southampton, Manchester United, City, Chelsea and Everton.
The Cherries could have been making a general check on talent from both sides but fans will remember the name of Vilhena, who was linked with a move to the Vitality Stadium in 2016.
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The Dutchman was a Feyenoord player at the time and was highly touted to make a move to the Premier League with Bournemouth just one of a number of interested parties.
Two years beforehand he had been talked about as a potential star of the Rotterdam club’s academy as he made his senior debut 20 days after his 17th birthday.
His career took a bit of a downturn shortly after with personal problems cited as the reason for his struggles in form and a contract dispute with Feyenoord also harmed his career with Vilhena left out for over a month.
He eventually left the club in the summer, signing a long-term deal with Krasnodar, and things have gone well for him in Russia so far.
The 24-year-old marked his second league appearance with a goal and added another in the win over Porto on Tuesday.
But the presence of AC Milan representatives in the crowd could be significant with the Rossoneri having shown an interest in the Dutchman over the past few years.
Vilhena’s agent Rob Jansen, speaking last year, revealed that AC Milan were one of several clubs that wanted to sign him from Feyenoord.
And back in 2016, Il Corriere dello Sport reported that the San Siro giants had all but agreed to sign the midfielder from the Dutch club, although a deal never actually transpired.