AC Milan have continued their summer spending spree, with the arrival of Andre Silva taking the total amount they have splashed out to €99million.
The 21-year-old had a release clause of €60million in his Porto contract, but they were forced to accept a lower fee due to their recent fine from UEFA for failing to comply with Financial Fair Play rules. This means the Rossoneri have been able to sign one of the most exciting talents in European football for €38million, as they continue to flex their own financial muscle.
Milan, who were bought by Chinese investor Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux last April for £628million, finished sixth in Serie A last season, but they have ambitions to win a first Scudetto since 2011 next term. Silva will be a shrewd addition to Vincenzo Montella’s squad, having scored 16 goals in 32 games for Porto last season as well as four in eight UEFA Champions League outings.
The Portugal international, who has seven goals in eight caps for his country, becomes the fourth arrival at the San Siro since the end of last season. Centre-half Mateo Musacchio has joined from Villarreal, left fullback Ricardo Rodriguez arrives from Wolfsburg, and midfielder Franck Kessie has been snapped up from Atalanta, taking their total spending so far to €99million.
The signing of Silva is perhaps the clearest indication yet that Montella has given up his pursuit of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. The Spain international looks certain to leave the Bernabeu in the coming weeks, but he has already stated he would find it difficult to play for another Serie A side after his spell with Juventus. Manchester United are firm favourites to land the 24-year-old.