AC Milan sign Nikola Kalinic on an initial loan deal


AC Milan have announced the signing of Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic from fellow Italian club Fiorentina.

The 29-year-old has joined the Rossoneri on an initial season-long loan with the obligation to buy at the end of the campaign. The former Blackburn Rovers man has signed a contract through to the summer of 2021, and he becomes the Rossoneri's 11th signing of the summer transfer window.

Kalinic will wear the number seven shirt with the San Siro giants and could make his home debut against Cagliari on Sunday, although he is not eligible to feature in the second leg of the Europa League playoff tie against Shkendija in midweek. Milan first released the news via their official Twitter account which included Kalinic's initials 'NK' alongside the Croatian flag. This was however, updated with a picture of him wear the famous red and black shirt.

Upon hearing of Milan's interest, the striker took medical leave and refused to train with his La Viola teammates. He later on expressed his desire to join Vincenzo Montella's side which has been granted for an initial loan fee of around €5m.

Kalinic will link up with the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, HakanCalhanoglu, Andrea Conti, Franck Kessie, Lucas Biglia, Mateo Musacchio, Antonio Donnarumma, Ricardo Rodriguez and Fabio Borini, who have joined in a huge investment over €200m.

The Croatian footballer bagged 27 goals for Fiorentina during his two stint between 2015 and 2017, and he will seek to establish himself as the 'go to' man in the forward department ahead of the young Andre Silva. Milan have made a bright start to the Serie A campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Crotone in the opener. Meanwhile, they are nearly through to the Europa League proper after a convincing 6-0 win over Shkendija in the first leg of their Europa League playoff last Thursday.