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.
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.