AC Milan have signed Brazil striker Luiz Adriano from Shakhtar Donetsk, the Italian club have announced.
The 28-year-old 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: “AC Milan announces that it has today acquired Luiz Adriano from FC Shakhtar Donetsk, with the player signing a contract until June 2020. 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 Italian Serie A giants also having agreed a deal to sign Colombia forward Carlos Bacca from Sevilla.
he Brazilian has joined the Rossoneri on a five-year deal for €8m, and will join up with his new teammates in the coming days.
“Today is a very important and happy day for my career,” Adriano told Calciomercato.
“I’m leaving Shakhtar after eight years, a club that is very important to me. They believed in my potential, and helped me establish myself in world football.
“I thank President Rinat Akhmetov , the Coach Mircea Lucescu – who was like a father to me – and all my teammates, who helped me to achieve these levels.
“I want to give a special thanks to the fans, who always showed me their affection.
“I’ve joined one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’m very happy. I can’t wait to start training and playing for Milan.”
Milan are looking to strengthen their squad after two disappointing campaigns. The Rossoneri finished tenth 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.