Arsenal plotting swoop for Portuguese attacker to replace Sanchez

By on October 17, 2017

According to The Sun, Arsenal are lining-up a move to sign Andre Silva with the attacker tipped to leave next summer if AC Milan continue to struggle this season.

Silva came through the youth ranks at Porto before developing in to one of the hottest young properties in Europe having provided 24 goals and 11 assists in 58 games in Portugal.

Arsenal were strongly linked with a move for Silva during the transfer window last summer before the 21-year-old eventually sealed a £33m move to big-spending AC Milan.

However, the forward’s time at the San Siro hasn’t gone according to plan as AC Milan have struggled this campaign having lost four of their last six games – including a 3-2 defeat to rivals Inter at the weekend.

Silva has done his bit after scoring four goals in his six appearances so far but it hasn’t been enough to prevent Milan from languishing down in tenth position in the Serie A table.

The Sun claim that the clubs owners have set a target of qualifying for the Champions League next season as a minimum target but with the likes of Juventus, Napoli, Inter, Roma and Lazio all looking strong, AC Milan are facing an uphill battle already.

The newspaper says if they do fail to finish in the top four, then the owners will cash-in on their key assets to balance the books and they suggest Arsenal would renew their interest in Silva.

The Portuguese international is predominantly a striker but he’s comfortable playing off the front so he could be viewed as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez.

Our Chilean super-star is expected to leave after failing to sign an extension with Manchester City favourites to sign the attacker either in January or next summer on a free.

Obviously Sanchez will leave a huge void to fill but Silva would be an exciting addition to the squad if we could lure him to the Emirates at the end of the season.

He showed huge potential at Porto and I’m convinced he’ll develop in to a world class player so I’d be happy to see him come in to replace Alexis next summer.