Newly promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers are reportedly wanting to sign Andre Silva this summer for £33 million, which would give AC Milan a serious amount of spending money to splash in the window.
Gennaro Gattuso will be glad to see the back of a player who only managed two goals in 23 Serie A appearances in 2017-18, and if the club were to recoup the amount they paid for the striker last year it would arguably be good business.
Silva had previously been seen as a young talent bursting with potential, but his failed impact at the San Siro has left Milan in desperate need of a readymade forward who can put away at least twenty goals a season.
Here we take a look at four strikers that Milan could look to bring in this summer. The addition of one or more of these players could have the Rossoneri challenging at the top of the table again.
Andrea Belotti is rumoured to be Milan’s top transfer target this summer, as the club tried and failed to sign the 24-year-old last year. The Torino captain has a strong goalscoring record in Serie A, with 48 goals in 101 appearances for the club.
The Italian striker didn’t have a great season this time out for Il Torro, and only put away ten goals in 28 appearances. But it was Belotti’s stunning 2016-17 campaign that got the attention of clubs across Europe. The sharpshooter scored 26 goals in 34 appearances that season and finished as third top goalscorer in the league behind Dries Mertens of Napoli and Edin Dzeko of Roma who scored 28 and 29 respectively.
Reports suggest that the Rossoneri may be willing to come to an agreement with Torino on a swap deal in order to secure Belotti. Walter Mazzarri has apparently demanded the signing of Milan’s Patrick Cutrone and Manuel Locatelli in order to strengthen his squad for the next campaign.
The question is whether Milan should say goodbye to two promising players in order to secure a proven goalscorer. There is no doubt that Belotti has the potential to become a legend at the San Siro, and still has his best years ahead of him. This is one transfer that a lot of fans would love to see happen.
Despite Mario Balotelli recently ruling out a return to the San Siro, Milan could do much worse than re-signing their former player. Milan fans will remember the Italian striker’s dismal loan spell in 2015-16 when he only scored once in 20 games, but since Liverpool sold the feisty forward to Nice in 2016, his form has miraculously improved.
In the last two Ligue 1 campaigns, Balotelli has scored 33 goals in 50 appearances, marking the most prolific form of his career. These performances have put the powerful striker back on the radar of the Italian national side. New boss Roberto Mancini has hinted that Balotelli may get a recall to the team, and the player has also stated that he would like to return to Italy.
Balotelli seems to have matured in the last few seasons and is perhaps not the temperamental player he once was. Fans will also remember that when he signed for Milan the first time, he scored 26 times in 43 appearances. This is the kind of player Milan need right now.
Radamel Falcao was once considered to be one of the best strikers in the world and, at his peak, he was extremely prolific. At Porto, he scored 41 goals in 51 league appearances, and during his tenure at Atletico Madrid, he bagged 52 goals in 68 showings.
After joining Monaco in 2013, the Colombian hitman suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury which almost ended his career. When he joined Manchester United and then Chelsea on loan spells, Falcao only managed to score five goals across two Premier League campaigns.
El Tigre looked like a shell of his former self, and Monaco didn’t seem to have much faith that the player would return to his previous devastating form. This was highlighted by the fact that the Ligue 1 club had offered Falcao to United and Chelsea on loan-to-buy options, which neither club chose to exercise.
Since returning to the Stade Louis II, Falcao has managed to put those fateful English years behind him and has recaptured his past form in front of goal. He steered Leonardo Jardim’s side to glory in the 2016-17 campaign by helping them secure the French top-flight title, and has now scored 50 goals in 74 league showings for Les Monegasques. There is no doubt that Falcao will lead the line for Colombia in the World Cup in Russia this summer.
The Monaco man can be backed at around 40/1 to end the competition as top goalscorer. This may be worth a punt using a free bet from the likes of William Hill, who are offering £30 in free bets.
Falcao is represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes, of whom Silva is also a client. It is thought that Milan and Monaco could come to some kind of agreement on a swap deal.
Milan could choose to cast their gaze to La Liga, where Iago Aspas has caught the eye in recent seasons. After a failed spell in the Premier League with Liverpool between 2013 and 2015, the Spanish striker returned to boyhood club Celta Vigo. Since then he has been devastating in the Spanish top flight. In 100 appearances over the last three seasons, the goal-getter has bagged 53 goals.
In the 2017-18 campaign, Aspas ended in fourth spot in the top goalscorer table, with 20 goals scored. This was only bettered by Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi. Aspas has only been capped for Spain eight times, however, he is in contention to make their squad for the World Cup in Russia.
The 30-year-old has a €40million release clause in his contract, but if Milan sold Silva they would be able to afford this. If Aspas gets playing time on the world stage and impresses, there may be a number of top clubs scrambling for his signature.
There is no doubt that Milan need to acquire a top notch striker in this summer’s transfer window. After failing to turn Silva into the red-hot goalscorer they expected him to be, the Rossoneri desperately need to get in a proven goalscorer this time. Without one, they will not be able to challenge at the top of Serie A.