The exit of André Silva from AC Milan seems almost certain now, with various reports indicating that Silva is on his way to Sevilla. What is in doubt, however, is the nature of his departure and the details of the deal.
The former FC Porto striker’s deal to go to Sevilla was thought earlier in the week to be either a permanent deal, with a large fee, or a loan deal with a €5 million fee now, and an additional fee paid after the loan deal to make the move permanent.
It’s now being reported by both AS and SkyItalia that the deal with Sevilla is a loan, with a €30 million option to purchase at the end of the loan. Silva joined Milan for €38 million last year, so any chance Milan has to recoup almost all of that fee would be welcomed by the brass at Milan, who are still digging themselves out from the giant hole that former Sporting Director Massimiliano Mirabelli and former CEO Marco Fassone put Milan in last summer.
Silva infamously never seemed to fit at Milan, with a variety of reasons cited for his slow start and struggles. He said back in May that he “missed the beach” as a way of explaining his poor start to his Milan career, which only made the rumored links to Wolverhampton in England’s Black Country even more confusing.
With the addition of Gonzalo Higuain and the emergence of Patrick Cutrone, Silva is almost certainly seen as surplus to requirements at Milan. He’s only 22 years old, so his dismal Serie A season, which saw him only score two goals last year, can be put behind him as a blip on the radar. Sevilla, in La Liga, might be a better fit for the strike, and if it works out, Milan will pick up a good transfer fee.