AC Milan swoop for South American attacking stars

AC Milan went on a spending spree last night as they agreed deals for two hot European properties.

AC Milan swoop for South American attacking stars

Last night the club signed Brazil striker Luiz Adriano from Shakhtar Donetsk, hours after agreeing a deal for Colombia’s Carlos Bacca from Sevilla.

Luiz Adriano, 28, had been linked to a number of clubs across Europe following a prolific eight-year spell with Shakhtar but it is Milan who have won the race for his signature.

The club said on their official website: “The player will join the team in the coming days.” Luiz Adriano has won four caps for Brazil and is set to feature in a new-look strikeforce at Milan next season, with the Serie A giants also having agreed a deal to sign Colombia forward Bacca.

Milan are looking to strengthen their squad after two disappointing campaigns.

The Rossoneri finished 10th in Serie A last season and will miss out again on European football after finishing eighth the previous year.

As a result, Milan sacked coach Filippo Inzaghi and appointed former Sampdoria boss Sinisa Mihajlovic as his replacement.

Bacca had been linked to Liverpool and Roma but the Rossoneri have agreed to pay his £21 million (€29.5m) buyout clause.

Bacca, who is currently on holiday in Colombia after competing with his national team at the Copa America in Chile, scored 20 goals in 37 appearances to help the Andalucian club finish fifth in La Liga.

He also scored seven goals in the Europa League, including two in last month’s final that saw Sevilla beat Dnipro 3-2 to win the competition for a record fourth time.

Meanwhile across the city, Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya was undergoing a medical in Italy yesterday with a view to completing his loan switch to Inter Milan.

The Spanish defender is set to join Inter on a two-year loan deal with the Italian club having an €8m option to make his move permanent.

“I’m sad to be leaving but (Barca coach) Luis Enrique told me he wouldn’t be relying on me,” Montoya said to the Spanish press. “I’m going on loan for two years but I hope I can come back.” Real Madrid have exercised an option to buy back Spanish winger Lucas Vazquez from Espanyol.

Lucas, 23, left Real 12 months ago to join Espanyol on a season-long deal but has returned to put pen to a paper on a five-year deal with Los Blancos.

Espanyol were prepared to make Lucas’ stay permanent but Real have paid the €1m fee to bring Lucas back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Hoffenheim have completed the signing of Mark-Alexander Uth on a three-year-deal from Heerenveen.

The 23-year-old striker enjoyed an impressive season in Holland last term, scoring 20 goals in 36 appearances for the Eredivisie club before they eventually finished seventh in the standings.

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