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It’s official: Nikola Kalinic has left AC Milan and joined Atlético Madrid

Croatia striker ends his time at the San Siro

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AC Milan v Ludogorets Razgrad - UEFA Europa League Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Well, he’s gone everyone.

In a deal that has been rumored for some time, Nikola Kalinic has joined Atlético Madrid after AC Milan brought in Gonzalo Higuain to be the starting striker at the club.

Kalinic never really seemed to settle in at Milan after his move to the San Siro from Fiorentina, and been reported that Milan will be selling Kalinic for €15 million, which is €10 million less than they had paid for the player after the completion of his loan, with obligation to buy, deal earlier this summer.

Per a statement on AC Milan’s official website:

AC Milan announce the transfer of the player Nikola Kalinic to Atletico Madrid on a permanent deal.The Club thanks the player for his professionalism and commitment to AC Milan and wishes him the best in his new sporting stage and his career.

It’s a testament to just how much Kalinic didn’t fit at Milan that the club, which is in some trouble with UEFA over some Financial Fair Play issues. would take a €10 million loss on the Croatia striker.

It’s been a tough year for the striker. After failing to catch on at Milan and having a poor season that ended up with him being benched in favor of Patrick Cutrone, he was sent home from the World Cup after he reportedly refused to come into a match.

So anyway, Nikola, good luck. We’ll always have, um, uh, that time he scored an important goal? Er, well, how about that goal against Fiorentina at the end of the season. That was fun.