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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Andre Silva attracting a lot oif interest


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Porto survive by using the third party ownership system, buying a percentage of a South American player for instance and then making a profit on them. That has been a successful model for Benfica and Sporting too, together with developing youngsters.

Over the last few years Benfica for instance, have made more than 200 million euros by selling a long list of players, including Renato Sanches Bayern Munich £29.75m), Nicolas Gaitan (Atlético Madrid £21.25m), Andre Gomes (Barcelona £29.75m), Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid £13.60m), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea £21.25m), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg £34.00m), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid £28.05m), Ramires (Chelsea £18.70m) and David Luz (Chelsea £25.00m), among others.

The latest big money move from the Portuguese league is Victor Lindelöf who is moving to Manchester United. That all goes to show, that although Portugal is not a top tier league, they still produce a lot of quality players and is thus a league we should certainly be scouting, which we of course now do thanks to our Iberian scout employed by Paul Mitchell in his remit to help develop our scouting network.

A young striker who has come through the ranks at Porto and been given his chance this season, which he has taken, is Andre Silva. We are taking a very keen interest in him, as are Barcelona, Juventus, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, all of whom have sent scouts to watch him. 

The 21-year-old (22 next November) Portuguese international has scored 10 goals and 2 assists in 15 league appearances, plus 4 in 6 UEFA Champions League games, plus a further 2 assists and 1 in 2 Champions League qualifiers.

He has played 4 full internationals and scored 4 goals, he scored 4 goals in 3 Under-21 games for his country, 8 in 10 Under-20 games, 16 in 24 Under-19 games, a proven goalscorer over time at youth level.

Reading reports on him though, he currently struggles against experienced defenders and organised defences, which he would face every week in the Premier League. At 21 though, and in his first season, he has much to learn, but the skill and finishing ability are there. He is the joint top goalscorer with Moussa Marega (Vitória Guimarães) in the  Portuguese Primeira Liga with 10 goals, thanks to 54% of his shots being on target (27 from 50), 62% for Marega (18 from 29).


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