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Andre Silva undergoes AC Milan medical ahead of €38m move

10:40 GMT+3 12/06/2017
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The Serie A side have taken advantage of the financial struggles of the youngster's club to prise him away for much less than his release clause value

AC Milan are closing in on the signing of talented Porto attacker Andre Silva, with the 21-year-old striker having undergone a medical at their La Madonnina base.

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Silva has been in prolific form in Portugal this season, scoring 16 times in 32 outings in the league, plus another four in eight in the Champions League

And that has convinced Milan to enter the transfer market for the forward, with the Serie A giants now applying the finishing touches to a €38 million deal.

That figure is well below the player’s release clause of €60m, with the move made possible thanks to the work of agent Jorge Mendes, who is eager to see the player feature in a more competitive league.

Additionally, Porto were recently fined by UEFA for failing to comply with Financial Fair Play obligations and have thus been compelled to sell for a fee below what they might previously have accepted for their young gem.

It had been their desire to retain 20% of the player's economic rights, but they were unable to even achieve this.

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Silva, therefore, is poised to become Milan’s fourth signing of what has been a very busy summer thus far, adding to the arrivals of Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodriguez and Franck Kessie.

​The signing potentially leaves a clear path to Manchester United to sign Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata, who had been on Milan's wishlist.