AC Milan are longing to be back amongst the Serie A title contenders, as well as re-announcing themselves into European football’s elite competition, the Champions League.
The Italian giants have had a minor fall in recent years, which will feel like a major one to their supporters. For so long, Milan dominated Serie A, as well as competing for the major honours in the Champions League.
The 2017/18 campaign saw another disappointing Serie A finish, with Gennaro Gattuso’s side finishing sixth in the table and way short of ending Juventus’ dominance of the Italian league. There were shades of Gattuso’s influence at the San Siro, with Milan’s Europa League run encouraging, however, they will be keen to get back challenging for the league before long.
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Yet, this summer, Andre Silva, Milan’s talented Portuguese striker, looks set to be plucked and link up with either Wolverhampton Wanderers or possibly even Huddersfield Town, who have recently been promoted to the English Premier League. Nuno Espirito Santo has been a long-term admirer of Silva and, this summer, the charismatic Molineux boss could get his man.
Silva is far from the finished article, but should Milan lose him, it will feel like another step backwards. You can’t suggest that the 22-year-old is the man to fire Gattuso’s side back to the heights that they once sat but selling him to a smaller Premier League club would be a disappointment.
Currently, Milan are priced at 16/1 to win next season’s Serie A title, with Juventus overwhelming favourites at 8/13 with bet365’s football betting market. Selling players like Silva isn’t going to help Milan’s bid for silverware.
The 22-year-old’s first season in Italian football was hardly prolific, with Silva managing just eight goals across all competitions, as he adapted to life in a different country. However, a place in Portugal’s World Cup squad for the summer tells you how good the striker is and how highly rated he is, as he lines up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Whilst the negatives to Milan selling Silva can be seen, from the player’s point of view, you could certainly argue that a move isn’t going to help him at all. Last summer Silva arrived in Milan, and at 22, he could be potentially about to play in his third different country. That is hardly going to help him develop into the talent he could become.
Silva’s potential transfer to Wolves has been one of the talking points of the summer so far in the British media, which tells you all you need to know about how highly he is rated in the UK. Should this deal go through, it’s going to be massive for Wolves on their Premier League return.
However, for Milan, it is seemingly a sign of the times. Gattuso is trying to build something at the San Siro, with his passion for the club something that is loved worldwide. However, selling a talent like Silva after just a single season is hardly going to help the Italian’s bid to put Milan back where they crave to be.