Jorge Mendes believes his client has everything to be the best player in Italy, but doesn’t say if he talked with Milan about Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
Milan have signed André Silva from Porto for a fee of €38m plus €2m bonuses. A deal was agreed last night during a meeting with CEO Marco Fassone & DS Massimiliano Mirabelli, and super-agent Jorge Mendes and the 21-year-old himself.
The Portugal international was at La Madonnina clinic and visited Casa Milan to sign a contract for five-year. Mendes, who also represents Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Costa, James Rodriguez and others, spoke to Sky today, and he thinks that André can be a big success in Italy.
“He’s a young player with so much quality, he can become one of the best strikers in the world, he has everything to be so,” Mendes said. “Now he plays for his national team with the best player in the history of football, CR7. André wants to learn every trick and everything else from Ronaldo.
“Having an example and role model like Cristiano, it can only do him good. He’s a hard-worker who wants to improve every day. He’s aggressive but with a lot of technique. He’ll certainly be the best in Italy in the next few years. Cristiano’s blessing? He’s very happy for André.
“Ronaldo told [André] he would play for one of the best clubs in the world and, in general, history. He has everything to succeed and he’s chosen Milan to prove what he’s capable of. We’re talking about a player who has already scored seven goals for the national team. Similar to strikers of the past? He can’t be compared with [strikers of] the past, he has his own characteristics.
“The Rossoneri fans will be very happy: I don’t remember a Milan player of recent years like him. Credit for these negotiations must be shared between Fassone and Mirabelli. At the moment, Milan are very well represented, they know what they want and it’s the first time, I believe, that we’ve had a deal with a big club without anyone else knowing anything first.
“It was only yesterday that André was already undergoing medical examinations, which shows their great professionalism. With Fassone and Mirabelli, Milan will restore their former glories. In December, 3-4 big clubs wanted Silva, but Porto were pursuing all their objectives. President Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa didn’t want to sell him midseason. Eventually, fate took him to Milan.
“Diego Costa to Milan? What I talk to Milan about, I won’t tell the Press…” The media in Italy, in any case, seems to be confident that Milan will try to purchase another striker in this transfer window.