The Brazilian has penned a four-year deal with the Italians but would have been an ideal addition at White Hart Lane.
The South American poacher has impressed over a number of seasons at Shakhtar Donetsk and is the Ukrainian club’s all-time top goalscorer.
With his contract in eastern Europe set to expire this December, Adriano was clearly available for a cut price.
As such, with Tottenham needing striking reinforcements, the North London club have missed an excellent opportunity to get a proven goalscorer on the cheap.
With Harry Kane carrying the goalscoring burden at White Hart Lane while Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado fail to inspire much confidence, Mauricio Pochettino needs to bolster his attacking options this summer.
Adriano, who scored nine Champions League goals last season, would have been an impressive addition to the squad.
Spurs may well have been stung by Brazilian players in the recent past, with Paulinho the latest samba star to fail in North London, but the AC Milan attacker would have represented a calculated gamble.
Fast, strong and with plenty of Champions League experience, Adriano would have offered an alternative or accompaniment to Kane that would inspire much more confidence than the current options.