Luiz Adriano is officially a Milan player. The 28-year-old striker signed a five-year deal with the club on Thursday after the club agreed to a transfer fee of 8 million euros with Shakhtar Donetsk.
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Milan and Adriano had reportedly agreed to a pre-contract, with the Brazilian forward set to join in January 2016, after his contract with Shakhtar expired. He will now be with his new teammates when the club convenes for summer camp in a couple weeks.
Adriano is the second striker Milan have purchased this summer. The news of his purchase comes on the heels of the announcement Carlos Bacca will join the club, pending a medical. Milan also made the purchase of midfielder Andrea Bertolacci official Thursday.
Adriano moved to Shakhtar after an impressive performance for Brazilian side Internacional at the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup, where he scored the deciding goal in the semifinal against Al Ahly and contributed to Internacional's winning goal over Barcelona in the final. He debuted for Shakhtar just shy of his 20th birthday in 2007, after moving from the Brazilian club for 3 million euros.
In 266 matches in all competitions for Shakhtar, Adriano scored 129 goals, making him the Ukrainian giants' all-time leading scorer. He scored nine goals in seven matches in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League, becoming the first player to record back-to-back hat tricks in the group stage, both against BATE Borisov. Adriano was named the MVP of the group stage and finished as the competition's fourth-leading scorer.
Milan still have work to do in the transfer window. Midfielder Axel Witsel and defenders Aymeric Laporte and Mats Hummels are believed to be three prominent targets for the Rossoneri to help bolster a squad that finished 10th in Serie A in 2014-15.
Check out some highlights of Milan's newest signing below: