AC Milan forward Nikola Kalinic is reportedly closing in on an exit to join Atletico Madrid, while Adrien Rabiot is the subject of a bid from the Italian giants.
The Rossoneri confirmed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus last week, and so they’ll arguably be keen to not only create space for the Argentine but also to balance the books this summer.
In turn, given Kalinic’s struggles last season, it would appear to be a sensible strategy to try and offload the 30-year-old, and according to respected Sky Sport Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, they could be set to do exactly that as the Croatian international is said to be on the verge of a move to Atleti.
Despite being signed last summer to offer experience and a reliable source of goals, Kalinic managed just six goals and six assists in 41 appearances in all competitions.
With that in mind, it would come as no surprise if Gennaro Gattuso isn’t adverse to a potential exit, with the fee from that sale perhaps even giving the club additional funds to continue to strengthen the squad.
Di Marzio suggests that the deal is in its ‘closing stages’, and so Kalinic looks set to try and bounce back from a disappointing campaign in the Spanish capital.
Meanwhile, Calciomercato report that Milan could still be looking to bring in more new faces, with Alen Halilovic, Pepe Reina, Ivan Strinic, Higuain and Mattia Caldara all signing so far this summer.
It’s claimed that Paris Saint-Germain midfield ace Rabiot is on their radar, and they are ready to offer €30m for the Frenchman with his current contract set to expire at the end of this coming season.
It remains to be seen whether or not Milan reach an agreement on a fee with PSG, but it’s clear that midfield reinforcements are needed if the club want to compete on various fronts next season having struggled to do so with limited options in that department last year.