It has taken 18 months but the Andre Silva to Wolves saga appears to have reached its conclusion. And it is not a happy one for the fallen star of Portuguese football.
Two years ago, Europe’s top clubs were queuing up to sign a striker who scored goals at a remarkable rate in the blue and white stripes of FC Porto, with AC Milan winning the race by paying £33 million during a summer of huge investment at the San Siro.
But, while Milan’s high-profile spending spree still hasn’t paved the way for a return to the Champions League, it proved to be a false dawn for Silva too.
He has scored 21 goals in the last two seasons, toiling at Milan and then slipping out of contention after a bright start to life on loan at Sevilla. The seven-time European champions are now desperate to sell an expensive white elephant but Silva was left ‘sad and gutted’ when a move to Monaco collapsed due to a failed medical, according to Calciomercato.
However Wolves, who have been linked with Silva on and off since January 2018 and apparently offered £27 million last summer (the Sun, 29 May, page 50), won’t be coming to his rescue any time soon.
Calciomercato claimed back in April that Nuno Espirito Santo's side held talks with Milan about a potential move to the San Siro but Silva apparently had no interest in joining compatriots Joao Moutinho, Rui Patricio and Ruben Neves at Molineux.
By the time the transfer window closed, Wolves had turned their attention to another young Milan striker, Patrick Cutrone, instead.
Out of favour, out of form and with interest dwindling, has Silva spurned the best chance he had to rebuild his reputation by turning his nose up at Wolves?
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