If the pragmatism of spending big to secure goals from your Euro Fantasy team’s front line is your objective for the coming campaign then look no further than I Nerazzurri’s talismanic striker Mauro Icardi.
Valued at £11m, the Italian would not arrive on the cheap, however, his proven goal scoring record would seemingly make him one of the hot candidates to secure the accolade of Serie A’s top scorer, winning you a number of points on his way.
The Argentinian, who netted an impressive 24 times in 34 appearances for Inter in the 2016-17 season, has already hit the ground running in the current campaign – bagging two goals in his side’s comprehensive 3-0 victory over Fiorentina.
Crossing over to the red and black side of Milan, the progression of the club’s 21-year-old €38 million summer signing André Silva is something that all aficionados of the game should at least be tracking with some interest.
Described by his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo as the heir to his throne for the Portuguese national team prior to the summer’s Confederations Cup: “when I retire, Portugal will be in good hands because they’ve already found a great striker: Andre Silva”, the former Porto man might just prove to be the bargain of the season at his current valuation of just £5m.
Whilst he may have made his Milan bow from the bench, the expectations for the youngster are high. His low price point would also free up valuable funds to strengthen in other areas.
The addition to the front line of Nikola Kalinić adds a degree of uncertainty to who is the guaranteed starter for the Milan front line, meaning opting one or the other could be a risky feat at the start of the campaign.
However, the one-time Blackburn Rovers flop netted an impressive 15 goals in 33 league appearances last season – meaning he could prove a smart investment should he settle in to his new surroundings.
If the Croatian can bring the excellent form that he showed at Fiorentina to the San Siro then his signature could mark a real coup for both Milan and yourself.
With a significant number of signings still to bed in, there may be a period of readjustment necessary for Milan despite having romped home to victory over minnows Crotone in the Serie A opening fixture.
That said, if the two new boys can quickly strike-up a strong partnership for I Rossoneri in Vincenzo Montella’s preferred front three formation then either man could prove to be a smart move in the long-term – especially when considering Silva’s low valuation.
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