Nikola Kalinić is wanted by Atletico Madrid but the Spanish clubs has not yet managed to come to terms with Milan.
Kalinić joined Milan last summer from Fiorentina but had a weak season in terms of performances and became one of the least liked players in the eyes of the fans.
The Rossoneri want to sell the striker, who was kicked out of the Croatia national team squad after the first match of the World Cup for refusing to enter from the bench (saying he had back pains).
Atletico Madrid are interested in the player and today, according to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio, CEO Marco Fassone was in Spain with Kalinić’s agent to speak with the La Liga outfit. However, at the moment there is no agreement as Atletico want to sign the player on loan with option to buy, which would turn into an obligation only if certain conditions – which are not easy to achieve – are met.
Milan, of course, would like to sell Kalinić on a permanent basis or on loan with obligation. Alfredo Pedullà suggested earlier today that there is a total agreement between Cholo Simeone’s Atletico and Nikola, and it’s believed to be a three-year deal worth €3 million net per season.
Di Marzio claims that Bayer Leverkusen have also made an offer for Kalinić, and are ready to take on a permanent basis, but the player right now prefers Spain. Should he leave, he could be replaced at Milan by Valencia’s Simone Zaza, who may arrive on loan with obligation to buy for €20m.
It seems unlikely that Kalinić will be at Milan next season, but right now there are no conditions to see him go to Atletico. Negotiations will continue, as the sales-mercato is alive for Milan.