Leicester City interested in Kalinic, suggests agent

According to Nikola Kalinic's agent, Leicester City's search for a striker has moved it's focus onto his client, Fiorentina's star Croatian forward.

Leicester City interested in Kalinic, suggests agent
Leicester City are reportedly interested in Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic, according to the player's agent (Photo: Getty)

According to the agent of Fiorentina striker, Nikola Kalinic, Leicester City are interested in acquiring the signature of his client to bolster their attacking options.

Talking to Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List, Tomislav Erceg, who represents the 28-year-old front-man, has said that he was "aware" of rumours surrounding the Foxes' potential interest and also suggested that they could be true. However, there were also hints that there is "no rush" for Kalinic to be moving to the King Power Stadium just yet as "the transfer market has only just begun".

Shrewd buy?

It would be quite an intriguing move to see Kalinic link up with Claudio Ranieri's Premier League champions considering his past record on recent shores. After joining Blackburn Rovers from Hajduk Split in 2009, he only managed to find the back of the net seven times over two full seasons in the Premier League and was soon moved on to Dnipro of Ukraine.

However, the Croatian has since managed to reignite his career at the Dnipro-Arena and more recently at the Stadio Artemio Franchi of Fiorentina. Chalking up 13 goals and seven assists in his debut campaign in Serie A for La Viola since signing last summer, he managed to impress international boss Ante Cacic enough to earn a call-up for his nation's Euro 2016 squad.

Kalinic seems to have gone through somewhat of a ressurgance since his miserable spell at Blackburn Rovers | Photo: Getty
Kalinic seems to have gone through somewhat of a ressurgance since his miserable spell at Blackburn Rovers | Photo: Getty

Whilst in France, he did net once against Vincente Del Bosque's Spain, helping his native Croatia top Group D at the tournament before eventually falling at the Round of 16 stage, courtesy of a 1-0 loss to Portugal.

Competition

If Kalinic does indeed make a move to the East Midlands that his agent is implying, he could be faced with stiff competition on his arrival. Already potentially competing with the likes of Jamie Vardy, Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa for a starting berth, Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa looks set to join the Foxes imminently so it will be even harder to gain a spot in the starting eleven.

Nevertheless, Kalinic, whose contract at Fiorentina runs until 2019, could add genuine quality and European experience to the Midlanders' front-line ahead of their upcoming debut Champions League campaign.