Atletico Madrid hopes to offload two under performers in the January transfer window, with at least one of them serving as a make good in a loan deal for Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata.
Atleti is without former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, and Diego Simeone sees something he likes in the misfiring Morata.
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But the Atleti boss would need to come up with something additional for Morata aside from a $4 million loan fee, according to several reports.
Would the Blues accept either Nikola Kalinic or Gelson Martins in order to rid themselves of their Spanish striker?
Martins fits the Chelsea profile more, a 23-year-old attack-minded midfielder and winger, as Kalinic at 31 is a season-and-a-half removed from his last double-digit goal campaign.
Martins had 10 goals and nine assists for Sporting Lisbon last season.
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) Croatian media say that forward Nikola Kalinic has not accepted the silver medal his team won at the World Cup in Russia because he was sent home early in the competition.
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Kalinic has reportedly said “thank you but I did not play in Russia.”
Coach Zlatko Dalic sent Kalinic home following the team’s 2-0 victory over Nigeria in their opening match.
Dalic said he wanted to use Kalinic as a substitute in the second half but the AC Milan forward, who was already warming up, told him he was not able to play because of a back problem.
Dalic said Kalinic did the same in a World Cup warmup against Brazil and during training.
Croatia lost 4-2 to France in the final.
MILAN (AP) Big-spending AC Milan has signed another player, completing the transfer of Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic from Fiorentina.
In a brief statement on Tuesday, Milan said it signed Kalinic “on a loan deal with obligation to buy.”
Kalinic has signed a four-year contract through to June 30, 2021.
Milan has been in negotiations with Fiorentina for the 29-year-old Kalinic for a while, and he missed training last week as he attempted to push through the move.
Milan, which was bought by a Chinese-led consortium in April, has spent more than 200 million euros ($234 million) in the offseason, signing Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Ricardo Rodriguez, Franck Kessie, Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Lucas Biglia and Mateo Musacchio.