Andre Silva completes AC Milan move
Andre Silva completes £35million transfer to AC Milan as he joins the Serie A giants on a five-year deal.
The 21-year old Portugal international has his medical to finalise the deal with the Rossoneri. Silva moves for much less than his €60m release fee due to Porto’s recent fine from UEFA for failing to comply with Financial Fair Play obligations, with agent Jorge Mendes negotiating a transfer of around €38m.
The young striker was very impressive for Porto as he scored 16 goals in 32 league games and also scored 4 times in 8 games in the Champions League.
Silva was delighted with the move as he revealed,
“This is a wonderful feeling,” he told the club’s official website. “I’m really happy about this opportunity.
“I know the history of AC Milan and I know how big club it is. My dream came true that I can be here now, I will give it all I’ve got.”
His consistent performances in the Primeira Liga has earned praises from Jorge Mendes and Cristiano Ronaldo as both of them consider him as a player with great potential.
“He’s a young lad with so much quality,” Mendes told Sky Sports Italia. “He’ll certainly be the best [player] in Italy in the next few years. He can become one of the best strikers in the world, he has everything to be so.”
Ronaldo also termed Silva as his heir for the national team after he quits international football.
“When I retire, Portugal will be in good hands because they have already found a great striker: Andre Silva,” Ronaldo told Gazzetta Dello Sport.
AC Milan have been busy in this transfer market as they have already bagged three players and now with Andre Silva, the tally moves to four, as the Rossoneri take their total spending to €99m.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) June 12, 2017
Silva followed Franck Kessie, Mateo Musacchio and Ricardo Rodriguez as the new arrivals for the Red and Blacks, it signals a change in transfer policy for Milan under their new Chinese owners as they look to compete for titles again after a sixth-placed Serie A finish in 2016-17.