Kalinic strikes Atletico Madrid deal

Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Milan striker Nikola Kalinic, pipping Sevilla to the deal, according to reports.

The Croatian striker joined the Rossoneri from Fiorentina last summer in a deal worth a reported €29m but managed just six goals in 31 Serie A appearances.

Marca now say the 30-year-old has agreed a switch to Atleti on a season-long loan deal with an €18m option to buy permanently.

Last week, the striker’s agent Tomislav Erceg told Estadio Deportivo: “Kalinic is aware of the interest of several teams.

“But he has to wait and see what Milan decides…Atletico are interested, we cannot hide that fact, but Sevilla are too, there are several options open, but it depends on Milan's management.

“Nikola knows how competitive Atletico are, with a great Coach like Simeone at the helm, but right now it is not in our hands to decide, once Milan express their decision, we will evaluate it.”

Kalinic, who scored 32 goals in 68 appearances for the Viola, was also wanted by Sevilla this summer but it appears he has chosen to join Atleti.

He was sent home early from Croatia's World Cup campaign for allegedly not being prepared to come from the substitutes bench during a group stage match.

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