22 August 2017
The Croatian forward joins AC Milan on a loan deal with obligation to buy, penning a 4-year contract
After coming back from the pre-season tour in China, our CEO, Marco Fassone, had promised: “We will continue working on new signings, but there is no rush”. No sooner said than done: Nicola Kalinic is AC Milan’s new forward. Here is the official statement:
AC Milan are delighted to announce the signing of Nikola Kalinic from Fiorentina ACF on a loan deal with obligation to buy. The player has penned a 4-year contract through to 30 June 2021.
Since his arrival in Italy, Kalinic has scored 33 goals in 83 appearances. Numbers that speak for themselves, with the Croatia international who has bagged an average of one goal every 2/3 games, figures that make him a solid striker in the Serie A and certainly an added value to his team. Kalinic’s movements on and off the ball make him a real threat inside the box – his natural habitat –, with remarkable shooting abilities, especially with his right foot, and impressive aerial skills. The 29-year-old (187 cm/80 Kg) joins AC Milan at the peak of his career, having also plenty of experience at an international level, including a defeat in the Europa League final, in which he opened the scoring with a header.
Born in the town of Solin, in 1988, the Croatian striker began his career at Hajduk Split. He scored his firsts goals as professional wearing the jerseys of Pula Staro Cesco and Sebenico, where he played on loan. Following his return to Hajduk, where he remained until the 2008/09 season, Kalinic showed his ability to compete at the highest level and delivered his first significant performances in the European scene. He then joined Blackburn Rovers, and after a two-year stint in the English Premier League, he signed for the Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, where he soon found a regular starting berth and went on to become the leader of his team over the 5-year period playing in Ukraine. Nikola scored many goals in all competitions and even made his debut in the Champions League. In August 2015, his Italian adventure started on the banks of river Arno where he joined Fiorentina making his debut, of all team, against AC Milan, in a 2-0 win for the Viola. Last season – his second one in Serie A – he scored 15 goals in 32 appearances. In his international career, Kalinic has gone through every youth category before making it into the senior national team. He recorded his first major appearance for Croatia in 2008 playing as a sub in the 1-0 win over Moldova. He took part in the last European Championships in France, scoring a goal and making an assist in the 2-1 victory against Spain in the group stage.
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