Ante Rebić has already landed in Milano and will have his medical tomorrow, while André Silva is set to start a new experience in Germany.
The transfer market ends on September 2nd and one day before the deadline, the Rossoneri managed to get some serious business done: André Silva is leaving the club – just one day after starting against Brescia – while Ante Rebić is joining from Bundesliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt.
At first the idea was to get Rebić, 25, on loan with obligation to buy for €25m. However, during the day of the negotiations, Silva entered the talks.
In the end Milan and Frankfurt agreed on a swap deal: the Croatian will join Milan on a two-year loan with option to buy, while the Portuguese will join Eintracht on the same basis. Both players have contracts with their teams until 2022 and they have similar values in the eyes of their clubs.
Rebić has already landed in Milano via a private plane and tomorrow he will undergo the medical check-ups before signing the contract with the Rossoneri. Ante, who was under contract with Fiorentina from 2013 to 2018, during which he had three loan spells, played 38 games last season, scoring 10 times and assisting 6 times. He was also linked with a move to Inter during the summer.
Ante is a versatile player who will give Marco Giampaolo more options up front. He is capable of playing as a second striker, but also as a center forward and a left winger. Milan were looking for that extra weapon in attack and they managed to get Rebić while sending André Silva away.
Rebić did not play in today’s Frankfurt win over Fortuna Düsseldorf and at the end of the game, Eintracht director of sport Fredi Bobic confirmed everything, as reported on Gianluca Di Marzio’s website: “He was watching the game next to me, now he can go. As we promised, we will say goodbye at the end of the day. Moving to Italy is his greatest wish. In return, we’ll have André Silva from Milan, who will be with us tomorrow and will undergo medical examinations. We will make an exchange between these two players. It will be a two-year loan. Tomorrow we’ll fix everything and then we’ll explain in detail, but there will be an exchange between these two players.”
For Silva, this will be the second time he leaves Milan. After an unsuccessful loan spell at Sevilla last year, and a failed move to Monaco, he’s now accepted Eintracht and will try to shine there.