Date: 2nd July 2018 at 1:00pm
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I’m not entirely sure where this particular piece of speculation has come from, but given Wolverhampton Wanderers’ progress over the last 24 months has been so significant once Fosun and Jorge Mendes bedded themselves in and we got hold of Nuno Espirito Santo, I quite easily could’ve missed it as frankly these days there are some fans – given our newly found and backed up ambitions – that probably wouldn’t even bat an eyelid if we were linked with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo given the names that now appear on the rumour mill.

Okay, fair enough, we’d bat eyelids at that level but so much seems fair game now I have to go to ridiculous levels to point out what level we aren’t operating at!

Calciomercato carried an interesting report over the weekend and it’s fair to say that whilst we seem to be a throwaway mention in the headline and there’s nothing of substance in the link (especially being a new one on me) it’s again proof of how far we’ve come, so quickly.

The report concerns Andre Silva who plays for AC Milan, and obviously, he’s Portuguese. Following a big money move from Porto last summer, he struggled at the San Siro, making only 16 starts and 20 substitutes appearances. He did return eight goals in that time though.

It’s suggested Milan paid 38million Euros for the 22-year-old and they want to recoup the majority of that if they let him leave, it’s believed they are weighing up letting him go, or Nikola Kalinic as they’ve already decided to offload Carlos Bacca and look for a second to create money.

With the player not shining in Serie A and nor shining at the World Cup this summer there’s no chance AC Milan will break even, so I’m happy to dismiss the report there. Especially now we’ve brought Leo Bonatini back.

However, there could be legs in this suggestion at a far more sensible price. For Porto, he racked up 40 starting appearances along with nine showings from the bench and he returned 21 goals in that time. For a sensible fee that does put him into our wheelhouse, I would think given our moves so far as we both look to strengthen our options on the pitch whilst also looking at the financial line at the same time.