AC Milan sign Nikola Kalinic on loan from Fiorentina with obligation to buy

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Big-spending AC Milan have added Nikola Kalinic to their ranks after agreeing a deal for the Fiorentina striker.

The 29-year-old former Blackburn player has joined on loan with an obligation to buy and has penned a four-year contract at the San Siro.

The Croatia international scored 15 Serie A goals for Fiorentina last season but failed to attend training earlier this month as rumours of a move began to circulate.

The Tuscans said Kalinic would be punished according to club rules for his unexplained absence but he has finally secured his switch.

“AC Milan are delighted to announce the signing of Nikola Kalinic from Fiorentina ACF on a loan deal with obligation to buy,” a statement on the club’s website read.

“The player has penned a four-year contract through to 30 June, 2021.”

Kalinic joins the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodriguez and Lucas Biglia in committing to the Rossoneri cause ahead of an expected assault on the Serie A title.

Under their new Chinese owners, Milan have spent well over 200 million euros on new players this summer.

They have also secured their highly-rated teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma on a long-term contract amid reported interest from Real Madrid and Paris St Germain.

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New look AC Milan to make Serie A bow against Crotone after big summer of spending

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AC Milan will put out a much-changed team when they play their first game of the 2017/18 Serie A season at Crotone on Sunday evening.

The Rossoneri, now under Chinese ownership, have been the busiest top-flight club in the transfer window so far, bringing no fewer than nine high-profile players to San Siro this summer.

Here, we cast a look over the new faces in the Milan squad.

LEONARDO BONUCCI

The shock move of the summer in Italy – and perhaps Europe – saw long-serving Juventus centre-back Bonucci switch his allegiance to Milan for around €40 million.

Regarded as one of the best defenders in the world, Bonucci is also the new captain at San Siro and will add steel to the back-line while improving Milan’s build-up play with his excellent ability on the ball.

Leonardo Bonucci.

Leonardo Bonucci.

ANDRE SILVA

Before Bonucci arrived Silva looked like being Milan’s marquee signing after making a €38 million switch from Porto, for whom he scored 16 league goals last season.

A speedy mover with great finishing and creativity, the 21-year-old will provide a focal point for Spanish winger Suso.

Andre Silva.

Andre Silva.

ANDREA CONTI

The first of two captures from Atalanta, Conti is one of the talents in Italy and his arrival proves the club are keen to build foundations for a brighter future at San Siro.

A natural right-back, Conti can also play at centre-back or in a defensive midfield role.

He is strong in the air and in the tackle too.

Andrea Conti.

Andrea Conti.

HAKAN CALHANOGLU

Calhanoglu has been impressing Bundesliga crowds for years with his excellent free-kicks and long-range shots during his time with Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen and Milan have now invested €20 million in the set-piece expert.

He has something to prove after serving a four-month FIFA ban for breach of contract towards the end of his spell with Leverkusen.

Hakan Calhanoglu.

Hakan Calhanoglu.

MATEO MUSACCHIO

The Argentinian centre-back will add experience, physicality and class to the Rossoneri back-line.

Mateo Musacchio.

Mateo Musacchio.

RICARDO RODRIGUEZ

Left-back Rodriguez was long linked with Premier League clubs thanks to his consistent performances for Wolfsburg over six years.

With rivals dithering, Milan made a shrewd swoop for him.

Ricordo Rodriguez.

Ricordo Rodriguez.

LUCAS BIGLIA

Biglia surprised many when hitting the ground running at Lazio following his 2013 switch from Belgian club Anderlecht, and the Argentinian is now firmly established as one of the best midfielders in Italy.

A pass-master with pin-point distribution, he will help to dictate the pace of play for often-erratic Milan.

Lucas Biglia.

Lucas Biglia.

FRANCK KESSIE

Along with Conti, Kessie was a key performer as Atalanta finished fourth in Serie A for the first time last season.

The 20-year-old Ivorian has been likened to Yaya Toure given his marauding presence in a deep-lying position in midfield.

If he carves out a niche at San Siro, he might represent Milan’s best business of a busy summer.

Franck Kessie.

Franck Kessie.

FABIO BORINI

Sunderland and Liverpool fans raised their eyebrows when Milan called Wearside for Borini, and the inconsistent winger is unlikely to be more than a squad player for the cups during his loan stint.

Fabio Borini.

Fabio Borini.

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The match promises to be a fruitful one for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, who’s scored five goals in five games against Cagliari, with three of those goals coming since his move to Turin last season.

On the other hand, Alessio Cerci, who has returned to Italy after an unsuccessful spell with Atletico Madrid, would have wished for different opponents for his Hellas Verona debut. In 10 top-flight games against Napoli, Cerci has yet to find the back of the net.

Perhaps he’ll break his duck on Saturday night?

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