AC Milan confirm signings of Luiz Adriano and Carlos Bacca
AC Milan have acquired the services of strikers Luiz Adriano from Shakhtar Donetsk and Carlos Bacca from Sevilla, according to ESPN. The former has been signed for €8 million on a five-year-deal while the latter has been signed subject to passing medical.
They have been acquired after AC Milan made their first signing this summer – Andrea Bertolacci from Genoa in a €20m deal, as reported by the club’s official Twitter account. The pair's signings will come as good news for the club's fans after missing out on Geoffrey Kondogbia and Jackon Martinez, who were close to signing for the Italian club but eventually made their moves elsewhere.
Before the Rossoneri signed him, Luiz Adriano was reported to have been close to joining Dubai-based club Al Ahli, as per the club’s official website.
Meanwhile, Carlos Bacca’s agent had confirmed earlier that Liverpool were interested in signing his client, according to Liverpool Echo while AS Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini had also confirmed his club’s interest in signing the Colombian to ABC Sevilla.
Luiz Adriano’s profile
Luiz Adriano has been a mainstay for Shakhtar Donetsk, scoring an astonishing 129 goals in 266 appearances for the club on the way to winning numerous titles. He has become the club’s all-time leading goalscorer during his six-year stay in Ukraine.
The Brazilian’s 2014/15 campaign in Europe saw him match a couple of records as he equalled Lionel Messi’s record of five goals in a UEFA Champions League match and Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of scoring 9 goals in the group stage. As a consequence, he won the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League Group Stage MVP.
Carlos Bacca’s profile
Carlos Bacca rose to prominence during his two-year stay with Sevilla. He scored an impressive 49 goals in 106 appearances for the Andalusian club, that included 20 goals in 36 appearances during the 2014/15 league campaign, helping Sevilla finish fifth.
The Colombian won the UEFA Europa League with Sevilla for two consecutive seasons. He was instrumental in the club retaining their title in the 2014/15 season as he scored 7 goals in 15 appearances, including a brace in the final of the tournament. He was also named in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season.