André Silva has officially left Milan and joined Eintracht to try to put his career back on track after a few tough years.
Silva joined the Rossoneri in the summer of 2017 for €38m as a very big promise, but found difficulties adjusting to live in Serie A. Last season he played on loan at Sevilla, and now he’s heading out once again, joining Eintracht Frankfurt.
“Milan (the Club) announces the transfer of the forward André Miguel Valente da Silva to Eintracht Frankfurt on a temporary basis for two years. The Club wishes the footballer every success in the upcoming seasons,” a statement on the Rossoneri’s website reads on Monday evening.
Marco Giampaolo admitted after the game against Brescia, in which he played André from the start, that he’s unsure whether the Portuguese will leave the club in the current transfer market. Eventually, after his failed move to Monaco earlier this summer, Silva signed for Eintracht today.
The German club released a statement on their own: “André Silva will join Eintracht Frankfurt on a two-year loan basis until June 30, 2021. The 23-year-old striker comes from Milan. On the last day of the transfer market in Germany and Italy, Eintracht Frankfurt and Milan agreed on a two-year loan for Silva. Thus, Frankfurt continue, after the reverse path made by Ante Rebić, with four strikers in the current season. However, Silva’s arrival cannot be seen as a one-to-one replacement, as Eintracht director of sport Fredi Bobic explains: ‘Both Ante and André have great qualities, but in different ways. André is an outright center forward’.
“Testes in 33 international matches for Portugal, the 23-year-old has so far scored 15 goals for the reigning European champions. Those include three in the four UEFA Nations League preliminary round matches against Italy and Poland. In the final, the right-footed striker could not contribute solely due to a patellar tendon problem. The international matches also reflect a continuous development curve: Silva had previously played through every youth Portugal team.
“Baguim do Monte native Silva came through the youth ranks at Porto, where he trained and played alongside Goncalo Paciencia. A technically adept attacker, Silva was initially schooled as a playmaker, but his natural scoring instincts eventually led to him becoming a striker, who at 1.84 m combines physicality with skill on the ball. ‘André is perfectly suited to our coach’s philosophy,’ said Bobic.
“After scoring 16 times in 32 league outings for Porto, Silva joined AC Milan in 2017 and notched 10 goals in 40 competitive games in his first year in Italy. He went on loan to FC Sevilla last season, netting 11 goals in 40 appearances for the club, and with stats like these, the new Eintracht #33 will be certainly pushing for regular first-team opportunities in Frankfurt.
“‘Signing André Silva has seen us take the next step in terms of our transfers,’ said Bobic. ‘This wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago. We’re delighted to have him and are confident he’ll be able to help us’.”
At some point there seemed to be some problems with Silva’s transfer but eventually it all worked out. It’s interesting to note that a buy-out option is not mentioned in the clubs’ statements.