Though Milan will make a loss on Nikola Kalinic in terms of transfer fee, his sale will still bring a €10m bonus on the balance sheet.
The Croatian is set to join Atletico Madrid, and is in Spain for a medical today.
The Rossoneri paid a total of €22.5m for the striker who joined just last summer, arriving on an initial loan with an obligation to buy.
Football clubs break down the cost of a transfer fee over the length of a contract, with a player’s book value depreciating over the length of that contract.
That’s why the Diavolo were able to take Gonzalo Higuain on an €18m loan from Juventus with a €36m option to buy.
With Kalinic’s fee and a four year contract, the rumoured €15m sale is lower than his booked value of around €16.9m - i.e €22.5m minus the €5.6m for the first year of his contract.
However, Calcio e Finanza explains that there will be a gross saving of around €6.4m on his salary per year, which along with bonuses and the amortisation per year will create a positive effect on the balance sheet of €10.2m.
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