Armin Bacinovic is the latest name to be linked with Premier League clubs.
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Chelsea and Liverpool are locked in a battle to sign Palermo midfielder Armin Bacinovic.
Bacinovic, 21, has been attracting interest from a number of top clubs across Europe following his impressive displays for Palermo.
The Slovenian international has already been valued at £12m and Chelsea and Liverpool are keen to bring him into the Premier League when the transfer window re-opens.
AC Milan have also been monitoring the progress of Bacinovic but reports in Italy suggest that he is likely to make a move to England in January. (talkSPORT)
Quite why Liverpool would need another defensive midfielder remains unclear.
Raul Meireles has been quietly impressive when he has played, and seems to be integrating nicely with the team.
Though previously in his career the Portugal international has been thought of as a box-to-box midfielder, he has adjusted well to whichever role Roy Hodgson has selected him in. He was particularly good against Florent Malouda, Yuri Zhirkov and Ashley Cole on Chelsea’s left flank as he and Martin Kelly kept the trio relatively quiet throughout, and his discipline has made him a valuable asset to the team.
The Reds also have Lucas Leiva, Christian Poulsen, Jay Spearing and Jonjo Shelvey competing for a place in central midfield, and though the jury is out on some of those, surely NESV and John W Henry’s money would be better spent elsewhere.
Chelsea too have plenty of options in midfield, though injuries are currently restricting their selection. John Obi Mikel is a near ever-present in the holding role in midfield, and if he is injured or a more combative approach is required, Michael Essien usually replaces him.
Still, Bacinovic has had a great start to the season with Palermo, having signed for the Italian side at the end of August. The Slovenian international has delivered a series of dynamic performances, and chipped in with his fair share of goals too.
He is certainly a good player, but whether he is needed at either Liverpool or Chelsea remains to be seen.