AC Milan’s striker, Andre Silva, was heavily linked with a move to the Molineux Stadium during the January transfer window. Although his move to the English outfit didn’t materialize then, it is apparent from one of the latest reports by talkSPORT that Wolverhampton Wanderers are not yet ready to accept defeat in their quest of signing Silva.
Wolves enjoyed a sensational season in the Championship during the recently concluded campaign under the tutelage of Nuno Espirito Santo. They not only got themselves promoted to the Premier League through booking an automatic qualification spot but also did that in some style by lifting the Championship silverware. Given that they are set to ply their trade against elite English clubs next season, beefing up their arsenal in the summer will be crucial.
The Premier League is renowned for the animosity that it offers and to withstand the pressure, Wolves need more quality in their ranks. Their inclination towards signing Silva makes a lot of sense as he is a quality centre-forward with a lot of potential and AC Milan’s desire to strike him off his books to acquire funds do give Wolves a massive opportunity to land him.
Having started his senior career with Porto, the 22-year-old was signed by the Red and Blacks last summer for a fee which was perceived to be £33.6million. Although a lot of expectations were put on his shoulders, he has rather been sporadic in his endeavours and it might be the reason why the Serie A giants are willing to replace him by Alvaro Morata.
During the last season, Silva managed to score just 2 goals in 24 appearances for his club in the Italian top flight. However, he plundered 6 goals in 10 outings in the Europa League, which is really decent. He is a cunning predator inside the box and has the clinical finishing abilities, pace and exuberance to make his presence felt in the final third. Besides, he has plenty of experience under his belt too.
His agent, Jorge Mendes, has had talks with Wolves and apart from the newly promoted Premier League side, Monaco and Arsenal are also believed to be in the race to make Silva sign on the dotted line. It will be important for Wolves to enhance more competition for the striker’s role in their starting line-up and under the right guidance and a touch of trust from Espirito Santo, the Portuguese international might be able to rediscover his form next season if he moves to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Statistics Credits: WhoScored