Soccer-Atletico boost strike force by signing Kalinic from AC Milan
MADRID, Aug 9 (Reuters) - La Liga runners-up Atletico Madrid announced on Thursday they have signed Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic from AC Milan for an undisclosed fee, bolstering their already fearsome strikeforce of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa. "Our club has reached an agreement with AC Milan for Niko Kalinic," said a statement from Atletico.
"The Croatian, 30, has become a new Atletico player after signing a three-year contract. Kalinic is a powerful striker who is very good in the air and who has a wealth of experience in European football."
The move is likely to lead to French striker Kevin Gameiro searching for a new club, with the Spanish media reporting this week that Valencia and Borussia Dortmund have made bids to sign him.
The striker was sent home by coach Zlatko Dalic, however, who said he had refused to come on as a substitute in the team’s opening game against Nigeria, meaning he missed out on the side's run to a first ever World Cup final. (Reporting by Richard Martin Editing by Peter Graff)(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)