Kalinic joins Atletico from AC Milan

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Atletico Madrid have signed Croatia striker Nikola Kalinic on a three-year deal from AC Milan, the Europa League winners announced on Thursday.

The 30-year-old only joined Milan on a permanent contract in July after spending last season on loan at the San Siro from Fiorentina.

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Kalinic was sent home from the World Cup reportedly for refusing to come on as a substitute in Croatia’s opening game against Nigeria, though coach Zlatko Dalic said the player had a back injury. Croatia went on to reach the final.

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The former Blackburn and Dnipro forward scored six goals in 41 appearances for Milan last term and has netted 15 times in 42 international matches.

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Kalinic will provide back-up to French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann, Spain star Diego Costa and Frenchman Kevin Gameiro at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atletico get their Spanish La Liga season underway with a trip to Valencia on Monday, August 20.

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