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Andre Silva is a somewhat surprise signing, the 21 years old Portuguese international center forward and recipient of high praise from Cristiano Ronaldo joins Milan from Porto on a five year contract. Numerous numbers have been floated for the player who had a €60 million release clause in his Porto contract. Reports indicate that Porto, in dire need of money, have accepted an amount closer to €38 million.
One of the most pressing needs of the team going into the new season with new ownership has been finding a new striker. Bacca mostly underwhelmed last season. Montella showed little faith in the Colombian and sometimes picked Lapadula ahead of him. Eventhough Bacca’s transfer value has apparently plummeted and there are very little signs he is in demand Milan have been searching for a forward. Advances towards Andrea Belotti, Alvaro Morata and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seemed to have been unsuccessful, for now at least. Only recently Andre Silva’s name emerged as a possibility and with Fassone and Mirabelli seemingly finding a good relationship with his agent, Jorge Mendes, things proceeded very quickly over the past few days. Jorge Mendes also represents many big stars including Diego Costa, whose name is still in the running for a Milan transfer. The new management are rebuilding the team at high speed and at this point more high profile signings are not out of the question.