As expected, AC Milan and Eintracht Frankfurt have done their business. The Rossoneri have signed Ante Rebic for an undisclosed fee, while die Adler have gotten Andre Silva. That all seems pretty normal, so why are we talking about it? Well, dear reader, we’re talking about it because this whole thing is shady as hell.
Okay, let’s rewind. In 2018, Fiorentina sold Rebic to Frankfurt for a paltry €2 million. While the Croatian never impressed for the Viola, there was never any doubt that he was a good player; it was just a matter of fit. He exploded the next season to the tune of 10 goals and 8 assists as a wide forward, prompting Milan to swoop in with a swap deal, sending misfit Andre Silva the other way. After a difficult opening to his career in Milan under Marco Giampaolo, Stefano Pioli quickly got the best out of him and turned him into the team’s most important attacker besides Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Still with us? Good. Because here’s where things get murky. The reason Fiorentina were okay with just €2 million as their fee for Rebic was because they’d also get 50% of any future fees for him. After he helped Croatia reach the World Cup final, it was pretty clear that he was worth something like €30 million at the absolute bare minimum.