Valued at £19.8million by Transfermarkt, a deal could easily eclipse Wolves’ current transfer record of £15.8million for Ruben Neves, but is the Portuguese striker really worth the money?
Silva joined AC Milan a year ago from Porto for a fee of £34million, but the club are keen to offload him in a desperate attempt to meet UEFA’s financial fair play regulations.
The 22-year-old has failed to live up to expectations, scoring just twice in the league for the Italian club having netted 16 times in the previous campaign for Porto.
He only clocked up 922 minutes for the San Siro outfit last season, making 7 starts and 17 substitute appearances and so it is perhaps unfair to evaluate the striker and his poor return.
Silva would definitely benefit from more game time and at only 22, he still has plenty of time to make good on the promise he showed back in Portugal.
He boasts a solid, if unremarkable 77 per cent passing success rate and 1.5 shots per game, although considering he very rarely played a full 90 minutes for AC Milan, the statistics may not tell the full story.
It is worth noting that Silva fared much better in the Europa League, scoring six goals in ten games as AC Milan reached the Round of 16.
Silva certainly hasn’t become a worse player since he was banging them in for Porto, and a move to a club like Wolves where he would be appreciated and get the game time he needs should see him flourish.
Wolves are clearly looking to spend big to cement their Premier League status, and if Silva rediscovers the form that brought him to the attention of the world, he would be worth much more in a few years’ time.
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