Southampton may not be getting named in the current race for Santos wonderkid Marcos Leonardo, but that doesn’t mean the St. Mary’s side never tried to sign him.

Brazilian outlet Trivela this week features a story about the striker’s future, claiming Bayern Munich just held a meeting with his entourage.

The outlet points out that the German side have big competition from English clubs, and that’s when Southampton end up getting a mention.

It’s claimed that the Saints tried to buy Marcos Leonardo in December last year, and Santos were actually interested in striking a deal with them.

The problem was Marcos Leonardo’s choice. Trivela claims that the player, his family and his entourage understood that Southampton would not be an ‘interesting project’ for his career, especially when you take into consideration where they were in the Premier League at that stage.

Other English clubs who reportedly made contact with his entourage so far have been Nottingham Forest, Brentford, Chelsea, West Ham and Newcastle United.

The word in Brazil has been that the player will be sold in the coming months, but with Southampton now in the Championship, it’s hard to imagine them in this battle, and their chance to do so has now passed.