Luiz Adriano has secured a move to Spartak Moscow, ending a disappointing two-year spell with AC Milan in which he struggled to make any sort of impact.
As reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Brazilian forward underwent his medical and signed his contract with the Russian outfit as he bids farewell to the Rossoneri.
Milan have allowed him to leave on a free transfer, but the move has its advantages as it’s added in the report that the club will save €25m on wages due for the rest of his contract.
Adriano’s struggles over the last two seasons seemingly haven’t done much to put off the Russian side though, with Gazzetta adding that he’s signed a deal worth €4,5m-per-season.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk striker’s attitude can’t be questioned, as he remained committed throughout despite a lack of opportunities and injury setbacks.
However, it just didn’t work out for him as he was unable to enjoy a lengthy run in the team and find the back of the net with any consistency.
With the likes of Carlos Bacca and Gianluca Lapadula ahead of him in the pecking order this season, his chances were further limited under Vincenzo Montella and ultimately the move makes perfect sense for both parties.
While Milan wait for the takeover of the club to be completed in March, they will be looking to raise funds in any way possible, and so the move to get Adriano off the books will certainly be helpful as they trim their squad and look to add quality over quantity moving forward.
Having won the SuperCoppa Italiana, Milan advanced to the Coppa Italia quarter-finals this week and remain firmly in the hunt for a top-three finish in Serie A. Montella will hope for reinforcements this month, but time will tell if he sees any arrive.