Where could Andre Silva be heading?
Andre Silva’s future remains a real question mark after his season-long loan stint at Sevilla has come to an end.
What could the future hold for the Portuguese striker? That’s the question that agent Jorge Mendes will be looking to find the answer to and, after overseeing the move that takes Benfica’s Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid, resolving Andre Silva’s future will certainly be one of his top priorities.
Remaining at AC Milan
It has, for some time now, seemed highly unlikely, nearly impossible, to envisage that Andre Silva will remain AC Milan next campaign, having failed to impress in his first season with the Italian outfit.
But things are changing rapidly with a change in management and, remarkably, remaining at AC Milan could now perhaps be considered the most likely possibility.
Indeed, reports from Italy are suggesting that Marco Giampaolo is planning to help rejuvenate the Portuguese striker’s career, looking into the option of utilising Silva as a second striker alongside Krzysztof Piatek.
That ultimately depends on whetehr Andre Silva impresses the new boss in training, and also whether Andre Silva wants to stay at AC Milan, which is far from certain.
After the arrival of Paulo Fonseca at the club, the chances of compatriot Andre Silva also making the switch to Roma have increased significantly.
In what would be a logical move, it would see Fonseca, who is a fan of the Portugal international, get the chance to train him first-hand.
The move would mean that the 23-year old striker remains in Italy, but a change in club and the chance to work under a manager that will give him the game time and confidence he so desperately needs could offer him the perfect chance to reclaim the form that put him on the map while he was playing for Porto.
There is further fuel to this proposal, with AC Milan believed to be interested in Roma forward Patrik Schik, looking to bring in the Czech international to see him link up with his former manager Marco Giampaolo.
French outfit Monaco are also a possibility for the 33-time international. Also managed by a Portuguese manager in Leonardo Jardim, the addition of Andre Silva could be exactly what is required to revitalise what is, in Monaco, a sinking ship.
With other Portuguese players also at the club such as Rony Lopes and Gelson Martins, Silva could also find it a home from home.
At the same time, Monaco also currently boast both Jovetic and Falcao in their ranks, so they do already have depth and experience up front, and are likely looking to strengthen other departments before they look at the striker situation.
That said though, with Stevan Jovetic seemingly permanently injured and still set to be sidelined for the foreseeable injury with a cruciate ligament injury, adding more reinforcements up front seems a logical step, and could open up a space for the Portuguese striker to make the move to Ligue 1.
A predictable but equally plausible link to make, Andre Silva has been rumoured to be heading to Wolverhampton Wanderers for the last 24 months or so, ever since Nuno Espirito Santo joined the club.
And Wolves have been keeping their eye on him. There is genuine interest from Wolves, and with Jorge Mendes working closely with the club, there is some confidence that a deal can get done.
The stumbling block is that Nuno likes a small squad where he can guarantee every player a good deal of game time through the season - and that is not something he can guarantee Andre Silva, with Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez very much cementing the two striking positions at the club.
If Andre Silva isn’t guaranteed a starting berth at Wolves, he may want to look elsewhere.
But, this is one to keep an eye on. With concrete interest from Wolves, standing in the way is really whether Andre Silva will be interested in the role offered to him by Nuno, who knows all about the Portuguese striker from his time at Porto.
It seems a no-brainer. Andre Silva is readily available, Wolves would like another striker to give a bit more depth to their team with Europa League football on the horizon - a competition that Silva has performed very well in over the last 2 years - and it offers Silva the chance to play under a manager that showed so much faith in him during their time at Porto together. Watch this space.
There’s not too much suggesting that Valencia are, at this point in time, interested in signing Andre Silva, but as a side that are very much established as part of the “Jorge Mendes Carousel”, it seems like a natural option for the 23-year old striker.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem that Valencia are particularly in the market for a striker - making this transfer possible, but at this point in time unlikely.
Perhaps the least likely option of them all, but could he make the switch back to Portugal? Perhaps it’s not as unlikely as it seems.
Porto, after all, could be set to lose Moussa Marega this summer, who is a target of several clubs across the continent, while Tiquinho Soares has also been linked with a move to China. If one of them leave, could Silva come back to Porto?
There are problems with that though. While Silva would likely be available on a loan, AC Milan would probably most likely want to include a clause that offers the option to make the signing permanent - something Porto probably won’t want to do.