Milan swap forwards with Eintracht

Milan got the offensive piece they have been looking for on deadline day as they completed a trade with Eintracht Forwards, bringing in Ante Rebic and giving up André Silva. Both players moved on two-year loans. 

Rebic already played in Italy as he was acquired by Fiorentina in 2015, but he did not have much success back in the day, collecting just four appearances in two separate stints with La Viola and then ten in half a season with Hellas Verona in 2016. However, he grew a lot in Bundesliga and he is coming off a ten-goal campaign. He has scored 15 times and provided 12 assists in 100 games with the German club.

The 25-year-old Croatian international can play on the flank but he is mostly a second-striker, which indicates that Marco Giampaolo is not giving up on the new 4-3-1-2 that had mixed results in the first two fixtures. In the second one, the only tweak was switching positions between Suso and Samu Castillejo, with the former next partnering with André Silva. Castillejo will likely be the odd man out if Rebic shows well.

Silva was purchased for €38M from Porto two summers ago, but never hit his stride in Serie A, although he had decent success in Europa League. He was loaned to Sevilla in 2018/2019 but dipped after a decent start. He leaves Milan after notching ten goals, only two of which in the domestic league, in 40 games.

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