Fredi Bobic of Eintracht Frankfurt has revealed negotiations with Milan over the Rebić-Silva swap had begun three days before the mercato closed.
The Rossoneri strengthened the attack and signed Ante Rebić on a two-year loan from Eintracht in exchange for André Silva on the last day of the transfer market.
The transfer came basically out of nowhere, as Rebić, unlike players like Atlético’s Ángel Correa and Grêmio’s Éverton, was not a name that was heavily-linked with the club during the summer.
Frankfurt’s director of sport Fredi Bobic, who has known Zvonimir Bobab for a while, spoke to Wednesday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport to talk about the swap deal.
“When did Zvone and I start talking? He knew that I was interested in André Silva for about a month, but the actual negotiation began just three days before the transfer market closed,” he said. “If our friendship made finding a solution easier? It’s always useful to know each other and maintain relationships, so I would say ‘yes’, it has facilitated the negotiations. In general it is never easy to find a solution when the time plays against you, luckily both Boban and Maldini are excellent professionals. Together, we found the best possible agreement in the interest of both our clubs.
“What contribution can Rebić give to Milan considering he scored 25 goals in 100 Frankfurt matches? He will be an important player, I’m more than sure. With us he was the protagonist of incredible seasons. I hope, but I know it will be so, that he’ll do the same for Milan.
“In what role does he give his best? The best position for him is a left winger, but he can also play very well as a second striker. The best qualities he can offer to Giampaolo? Ante is very strong physically and, for that reason alone, a coach hardly gives up on him. He has technical quality, he’s uses his right and left feet without distinction, and his speed makes him unstoppable.
“How can André Silva be useful for Eintracht [he has already scored two goals for them on his debut]? He is 23 years old and he’s a player of incredible ability with very refined technique. I believe that here he can further improve, on a physical level and not only.
“How’s Boban doing as a director? At the beginning it is difficult to get into the new role, management is complex. But Zvone is still a man of great personality, he will find his way and he will also become great as a club director.”