Sunday August 20 2017
Kalinic perfect for Milan

Fiorentina forward Nikola Kalinic is the ideal addition to Milan's squad because his game is about more than just goals, writes Luca LaPorta.

After lengthy negotiations, Milan have finally agreed a deal with Fiorentina for Nikola Kalinic. The reported numbers in the deal are €5m loan, with an obligation to buy at the end of the season for €20m, with the Rossoneri paying a total of €25m for the 29-year-old.

After the purchase of Andre Silva, its no secret Massimiliano Mirabelli and Marco Fassone have been looking for a second striker, especially a big name or top playerlike Dortmunds Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Torinos Andrea Belotti. However, because of the high demands from the opposing teams wanting €80m and over, the Rossoneri identified Fiorentinas Kalinic as their top target, and it certainly helps that he’s a favourite of Coach Vincenzo Montella.

The Croatian’s will has always been to play at San Siro, as he agreed personal terms several weeks ago, with the two clubs just having to agree a fee. Now, Montella has his wish, and Kalinic should be a perfect fit for the ex-Fiorentina Coachs system and tactical approach.

Kalinic has never been a superstarin Serie A since joining the Viola two seasons ago, but he’s been a consistent goal scorer. In his first season, he bagged 13 goals and provided four assists in 28 games, then improved his stats in his second campaign, scoring 20 and adding four assists in 32 appearances.

In today’s transfer market, 20-25m for a player who has produced 15-20 goals every season is definitely not bad business.

Kalinic’s game is not all about goal-scoring, however. The Croatian has many elements to his game that are attractive, especially bearing in mind Montella’s style.

He is the direct replacement for Carlos Bacca, who left for Villarreal and obviously didn’t fit in with the Coach’s plans. Bacca is more of a ‘fox in the boxtype of striker, and his movement and team play weren’t up to par. Kalinic, however, is the opposite. His link-up play is what makes him even more effective, as he uses his size and technical ability to hold up the ball, find a team-mate or slow the game down to create an opportunity elsewhere. This is what the Rossoneri sorely lacked with Bacca.

Another crucial component with Kalinic is his ability to score in big games against the top teams in Serie A. Of his 15 goals league goals last season, five came against Juventus, Milan, Inter and Lazio. Several players love to score against minnows, but finding the net in derbies and intense matches shows the mentality of a strong player, and Milanisti should know that this bomber can perform against anyone.

There are many elements to Kalinics game that fit Montellas style. Whether he switches from his favoured 4-3-3 formation is one of the question marks hanging over this season, but in any case, Kalinic will provide options for the Coach.

Kalinic is a perfect fit for Montellas side, and Milan are continuing to add depth and quality to their line-up. 

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Have your say...
Kalinic has the same characteristics as Baca. Offloading Niang is a big mistake, he offers pace and can shoot from distance. Whoever brought Borini should be sentenced for life or at least fired. Lapadula is the perfect sub for Silva but, we loaned him to Genoa (the club that always benefits the most from Milan). I wanted to sell $rumma to PSG for mega money and then buy Perin but, he stayed and now his agent is trying to disrupt the squad. The captain armband is EARNED
on the 25th August, 2017 at 11:08pm
Never understood the hype around this guy. He was mediocre for Firenze, and mediocre at the Euro's last summer. What's the point in signing Silva, and using a young striker to lead the line?
on the 22nd August, 2017 at 1:24pm
@Maldini's Heir Moses is a poor example, he plays in a wing back role in a 3 back formation so his main attribute needs to be workrate. Conte won the league with Hazard and Costa in his side (2 WC players), he had willing runners to play at wb and kante in the centre to ball win, Luiz is clumsy but as a libero in a 3 back he becomes the best defender in the PL. That's not an average Chelsea side. Your anti-Montella agenda is boring now, we've been fantastic so far this season.
on the 21st August, 2017 at 1:47pm
If Montella had such little faith in his players no wonder they finished below Atalanta. Well now the stakes are very high indeed. I expect a title challenge or else we need an upgrade in manager. Ultimately a world class manager can win titles with average players (Victor Moses at Chelsea) whereas average to world class players can't do very much without a world class manager. So it's time for Montella to show he's a world class manager.
on the 21st August, 2017 at 8:58am
@Maldini's Heir

Again with your deconstructive critisism.

Kallinic will give silva tons to work on. I think they can form a good duo with, one with hunger and enormous potential the other one with knowledge of the league, great work rate and knowing the coach.

As for belotti. Yes amazing, IN TORINO, we have seen so many times before players leave, and become crap overseas or in bigger teams. I'm not fully convinced about belotti, and def not for 100m.
on the 21st August, 2017 at 8:53am
@ ACM1899 Firstly, what a performance last night! Great start of the season. I'm particularly delighted with Cutrone and hope that Kalinic doesn't limit him too much. Secondly, I was actually very supportive of Montella up until the summer. My frustration comes from the fact that he's shown such little loyalty to the players from last season including the likes of Paletta and Kucka who played over 30 games for him and the likes of Bacca who carried Milan for the last few seasons.
on the 21st August, 2017 at 8:53am
Milan shouldn't have let Kucka leave, we need cover for Kessie and none of our other mids have similar qualities. Am also worried about the RW should Suso be unavailable. It might be crucial to be able to adopt the 3421 in case of certain circumstances. I risk sounding greedy but i believe Milan needs another move after Kalinic to really make a statement, either cover for Suso, Kessie, or a starting LW we can rely on.
on the 21st August, 2017 at 12:23am
Milan shouldn't have let Kucka leave, we need cover for Kessie and none of our other mids have similar qualities. Am also worried about the RW should Suso be unavailable. It might be crucial to be able to adopt the 3421 in case of certain circumstances. I risk sounding greedy but i believe Milan needs another move after Kalinic to really make a statement, either cover for Suso, Kessie, or a starting LW we can rely on.
on the 21st August, 2017 at 12:22am
Not crazy about Kalinic but will do the job for this season. Cutrone, Silva, and Kalinic will mean we always have a quality option available. Its important to remember that Belotti and even Aubameyang will both likely be available next summer as well, and if Milan make UCL then look out... I personally believe Milan need to sign a LW before the end of this mercato. Depending on Borini and Niang, or pushing Jack or Hakan wide, makes we a little cringe a little.
on the 21st August, 2017 at 12:17am
The management and coach mutually decided they would sell Bacca this season while they can still get a decent fee. Bacca showed poor attitude and lack of respect to Milan on multiple occasions, and quite simply, just does not fit well into Montella's style of play. Montella demands more from a starting striker. Kalinic is meh, but he will guarantee we always have a quality option upfront this season. He knows Montella and should settle quickly, guaranteeing goals.
on the 21st August, 2017 at 12:11am
Yeah I don't understand the Bacca situation either, wasn't given good service at all, and looks like a scapegoat.

Milan will be very happy in a year's time, Silva was a bargain as was Kessie and if this inflated market continues to next season Milan can sell both for 80m each if they need the money!!!

Kalinic is not a player I would have signed, if there's money than Belotti and if there's just keep Bacca and motivate him.
on the 20th August, 2017 at 5:03pm
@Maldini's Heir - You've been notoriously critical of Montella. Let the man get through this season with a good squad (for a change) then judge him on his shortcomings based on how the season plays out. Even with the players we let depart (Niang, Papa, Barca - as alternative to each other as they were), we still barely achieved anything last season, so your theory doesn't hold up well...
on the 20th August, 2017 at 3:54pm
Bacca (poacher), Niang (dribbler), Curtone (seems to be good as a poacher and can cut inside from the left) and Lapadula (defenders' nightmare) all offer something different. Kalinic has played more Serie A games than Bacca (who we let go on loan) and scored less goals. I blame Montella because he's deciding who he keeps and who leaves and how many new players he needs and he's decided he wants a whole new team of very similar players to fit with his "system". Again I hope I'm wrong.
on the 20th August, 2017 at 1:56pm
offer an alternative to Silva. If Silva isn't working out for whatever reason (defence is too deep) bringing on Kalinic won't change anything. This is the single biggest issue with Milan's signings for the last number of years: we have too many similar players in key attacking positions. Just like swapping Bonaventura for Calhano─člu won't change anything either. And this is why we won't beat the likes of Crotone and why we won't win the league. The strikers we already had (for free) such as
on the 20th August, 2017 at 1:52pm
I don't want to sound negative (again) but Kalinic is the worst possible striker we could sign. The best combination of strikers in history (ok slight exaggeration) were Sheringham, Solskjaer, Yorke and Cole (what?) because all 4 players could be on the pitch at the same time and each player would offer something different: Cole in the box, Yorke and Solskjaer on the wings and Sheringham deep. That meant that if Ferguson needed to change something he had genuine alternatives. Kalinic doesn't...
on the 20th August, 2017 at 1:48pm
In a years time i really hope we all look back on this mercato and laugh at the ridiculous fees which clubs paid for players. I am kind of glad milan didn't get caught up it belotti would have been a excellent signing but what they were asking was absurd.

As for kalinic personally i would have prefered papu gomez if milan is going a forward in their late 20s from serie a. Still kalinic is a dependable goalscorer and actually wants to play for milan which shouldn't be so undervalued.
on the 20th August, 2017 at 11:00am
Auba is 28 and relies solely on pace, not a good long term fix. Belotti would have been my favourite but 25m for Kalinic, a player Montella knows and likes, who will score 15-20 goals and get some assists, not bad at all.

I assume Silva starts as no.1 forward so its not a bad pair.

tchi: I think Bonaventura and Calhanoglu can rotate on left wing with Borini coming in when needed. Hes not amazing but think of how hard Dirk Kuyt worked for Liverpool, I see him as that kind of squad player.
on the 20th August, 2017 at 9:51am
Aubameyang would have been the best short-term because of his pace, scoring and him being proven in the CL.

Belotti probably would have been the best long-term target, who could have been sold on for huge money even if he failed.

Kalinic is good, not great, but he should do OK.

Costa's a good player, but a headbanger.

But with Bacca, Lapadula gone and Niang going, does that mean Milan might still go for Belotti or Aubameyang? They did say one more "gift" (after Kalinic) might still arrive
on the 20th August, 2017 at 9:26am
Very indecisive over this soon to be signing.

I really hope him and silva can form a good partnership
on the 20th August, 2017 at 8:18am
@ACM1899 if 25 mil is a steep fee for a player @29....then how is 80m justified for a player @28?? Doesn't sound right to me. I never really favoured kalinic but those prices bvb & Cairo r calling r impossible prices. I don't know if am the only one that has noticed but Milan desperately needs a LW irrespective of whether Niangdinho stays or leaves. We cant exactly rely on BORINI all season as a makeshift winger or even JackB
on the 20th August, 2017 at 7:36am
Nothing against Kalinic, I think he's very good and 20-25 mil for a 25 year old Kalinic would have been good business. But 20-25mil for a player on the brink of the wrong side of 30 is a bit steep. Thank God it wasn't 30mil as Fiore additionally wanted. But at 80-100 mil for either Auba or Belotti especially would have been great because of their length of stay. Kalinic only has one 5-year stint in him at best. I hope it works out well for Milan.
on the 20th August, 2017 at 2:32am

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