By Harvey Byrne
Italian giants AC Milan have won the race over Everton for forward Nikola Kalinic, according to a report.
The San Siro club announced via their official Twitter account on Sunday evening that the 29-year-old had made the switch from Serie A rivals Fiorentina.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) August 20, 2017
However, Everton themselves may have also been putting up a fight for the 35-time Croatia international after the Mirror reported via their live transfer blog (Sunday, 5.39pm) that the Toffees wanted Kalinic.
The Mirror report follows claims made by Tutto Mercato Web that the Toffees had lodged a mega-bid worth £26.6million for the striker.
However, it would now seem that the Merseysiders need to continue their hunt for a new striker following the departure of star Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United earlier in the summer.
Manager Ronald Koeman has added both Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez to his squad in the current window, but he may be seeking another option with the club looking to compete in both the Europa League and the Premier League this season.
Football Insider verdict:
Bringing Kalinic back to the Premier League may have been seen as an odd move by many given his previous struggles with Blackburn, which saw him bag just seven times in 44 appearances in England’s top-flight. He may have since proven himself as a capable goalscorer in Serie A, but as many have proven before the quality of the Italian top-flight is a completely different game to the Premier League and while some forwards thrive in Italy it is not always a guarantee that they will transfer that over to England.
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