It is now official that Nikola Kalinić is no longer a Milan player, joining the La Liga outfit permanently.
Last summer Milan were trying to sign a top striker, but in the end they signed Nikola Kalinić. Now, a year later, the disappointing Croatian leaves the club.
“Milan announce the transfer of the player Nikola Kalinić to Atletico Madrid on a permanent deal,” a statement on the Rossoneri’s website reads. “The club thanks the player for his professionalism and commitment to Milan and wishes him the best in his new sporting stage and his career.”
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Atletico will pay Milan a fee that is just under €15m for Kalinić; the money will be transferred in four different installments over three different fiscal years. The deal has been in place for some time but the official had to wait as Milan were first forced to trigger their buy-out clause and sign the player from Fiorentina, before they could sell him to Atletico.
The 30-year-old, who wore the #7 shirt at Milan, scored 6 goals in 41 appearances for the Diavolo last season. His exit frees €3.5m per season net in salaries for Milan.