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Milan sign €38m Portuguese sensation Andre Silva

The 21-year-old striker has been described as the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne.

Soccer WCup 2018 Latvia Portugal Silva and Ronaldo celebrating a goal in Portugal's win over Latvia last week. Source: Roman Koksarov

Updated at 16.30

AC MILAN HAVE captured the signature of Portugal sensation Andre Silva from Porto as the resurgent Serie A giants continue to build for next season.

Silva, often described as the “the new Cristiano Ronaldo”, underwent a medical in Milan  today and signed a five-year deal — moving for a figure believed to be around €38 million.

The 21-year-old striker was a reported target for a number of top European clubs.

Silva didn’t feature in the Euro 2016 squad as Portugal went on to win the tournament last summer, but he has struck up a fine partnership with Ronaldo since then — scoring six goals in as many matches during the current World Cup qualifying campaign.

After Milan failed in bids to land Andrea Belotti from Torino and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, Silva has signed for the seven-time European champions.

He told MilanNews: “I am calm. I have a lot of work to do before I can express certain thoughts. No [I have not spoken to Ronaldo about the move]. I want to work hard to get closer to the words he has afforded me.”

When I retire, Portugal will be in good hands because they have already found a great striker: Andre Silva,” Ronaldo has also said of his international team-mate.

He becomes their fourth recruit in as many weeks following the signing of Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Ivorian Franck Kessie (Atalanta) and Argentinian centre-back Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal).

Milan were recently sold to Chinese investors by long-time club owner Silvio Berlusconi in a bid to inject fresh impetus into their attempt to rejoin the elite of European football.

© – AFP, 2017

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