Tottenham Hotspur may have the chance to reignite their interest in Nikola Kalinic this summer, with Atletico Madrid having signed Nicolas Ibanez (as reported by Marca).
The Argentine will join up with the Spanish outfit on July 1 after scoring 22 goals for Atletico de San Luis in the Mexican second tier last season.
The 24-year-old could pose some serious competition to the club’s current forwards Diego Costa, Angel Correa, and Alvaro Morata (who could make his move from Chelsea permanent) next term.
Another player who will be directly affected by the signing of Ibanez is Kalinic, who didn’t have the most productive first season at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The Croatian made just 24 appearances in 2018/19 following a €15 million (£13.2 million) move from AC Milan (Sky Sports).
Perhaps Spurs may now wish to go back in for the striker since it hasn’t worked out in Spain.
Tottenham were linked with a move for Kalinic earlier this year when Harry Kane sustained an ankle injury.
Marca reported that he was ‘on the verge’ of an exit, with the best financial offer coming from north London.
A move did not materialise, but perhaps Spurs will now feel compelled to return for the former Blackburn Rovers youngster, with Fernando Llorente likely to move on.
The veteran’s contract is about to expire and he could leave for nothing.
He has been Harry Kane’s backup for the past couple of years and has brought something different off the bench, which is a role Kalinic could well fulfil.