Andre Silva Agrees Loan Move to Sevilla from AC Milan

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2018

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 04: Andre Silva  of AC Milan during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between AC Milan and FC Barcelona at Levi's Stadium on August 4, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Striker Andre Silva agreed a loan move to Sevilla from AC Milan on Saturday after just one season in Italy.

The Spanish club confirmed the deal on Twitter:

The 22-year-old joined the Rossoneri from Porto in 2017 in a deal worth £33.6 million, but he went on to score just 10 goals in total and make a mere seven starts in Serie A.

Sevilla confirmed the loan is "subject to the passing of a medical," while the deal also includes an option to buy.

Marca's Antonio Cejas noted the optional fee would be €35 million, which Sevilla could trigger if Silva rediscovers the form that made him a burgeoning star at Porto.

He's still just 22 and has the pace, movement and quality as a finisher to be a hit in the Spanish top flight:

Silva is also joining the right club to help get his career back on track. Sevilla have a well-earned reputation for making skilful use of the transfer market, regularly snapping some gems on fiscally sound deals.

The approach led to the signings of Luis Muriel and Wissam Ben Yedder in recent years. Both players helped lead the line last season, with Ben Yedder famously scoring twice at Old Trafford to knock Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League.

While Sevilla have strengthened the forward line, question marks remains about the quality and depth of Milan's attack. Carlos Bacca is wanted by Sporting Lisbon, according to Sportitalia and A Bola (h/t Football Italia).

Croatia international Nikola Kalinic has already signed for Atletico Madrid from the Rossoneri, and Milan general manager Leonardo will have to play the market Sevilla-style to give Gennaro Gattuso the firepower he needs to compete this season.

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