Tianjin Quanjian “Not Considering” Move for Nikola Kalinic


Nikola Kalinic is not one of the players that big spenders Tianjin Quanjian are looking to sign this summer, according to the Chinese club.

The Croatian striker had been linked to a €50 million move to the Chinese Super League side in the summer, after scoring 14 goals in 30 appearances for Fiorentina this season.

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“The player that we plan to buy is not Kalinic,” a club spokesperson for Tianjin told Chinese media.

“He is not under consideration and we will not make a summer approach for him whatsoever.”

Club chairman Shu Yuhui has previously revealed that two or three of Europe’s star players are set to make the switch to China in this coming window.

“The only thing I can reveal right now is that we have agreed terms with two or three stars”, he told Tianjin Daily.

“The players have no problem with the deals and their clubs are also willing to let them leave.”

“The only issue that remains unresolved is reaching agreements with their respective clubs over the transfer fees.”

Nikola Kalinic has a 61% shot accuracy in Serie A this season

Tianjin Quanjian had previously stated their interest in signing Chelsea striker Diego Costa. The forward had been seen meeting with club representatives in London last week, in pictures published in The Sun.

Kalinic would be the latest in of the European stars to move to China, with Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato and former Zenit midfielder Axel Witsel being the most recognisable names playing for Tianjn Quanjian at the moment, under the management of Fabio Cannavaro.

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