AC Milan continue their exploits in the transfer market this summer after completing by roping Croatian forward Nikola Kalinić.
The 29-year old Croat moves on a loan deal to the San Siro initially. But his former club ACF Fiorentina has included an “obligation to buy” status to the deal, that will see Milan sign the former La Viola player at the end of the season.
“AC Milan are delighted to announce the signing of Nikola Kalinić from Fiorentina ACF on a loan deal with obligation to buy. The player has penned a 4-year contract through to 30 June 2021,” the official statement from the Italian club read.
The Croatian forward has been pretty decent in front of goal last season at the Stadio Artemio Frenchi scoring 20 goals in all competitions. He has scored 33 goals in 84 games in all competitions during his stay at the Florence club. This will be AC Milan’s 11th big signing and also the second big signing up front after Portuguese forward Andre Silva joined from Porto.
Kalinić has been a well travelled player, starting his career in his homeland. His first big break came when he signed for Premier League club Blackburn Rovers in 2009. His performance of 13 goals in 53 appearances at the club was not too pleasing and he left for Ukraine’s Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. He stayed there for 4 seasons scoring 49 times in 125 appearances. He led his team to the UEFA Europa League final in 2014-15 season, and he even opened the scoring against the defending champions Sevilla in the final, ultimately losing 2-3 to them.
The man from Solin in Croatia, has represented his country in 35 matches scoring 14 times. He was a part of the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup squad where they reached the last 16 before being knocked out by the eventual champions Portugal. The man scheduled to don the famous number 7 of the Rossoneris, had scored an important equalizer against Spain, before providing team mate Ivan Perišić with the assist for the winning goal.
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