Slovenian international linked with Anfield move.
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€17m Liverpool playmaker target set for transfer scrap
Liverpool are thought to have competition in the race to sign Slovenian playmaker Josip Ilicic.
The 23-year-old Palermo star has been linked with a number of Barclays Premier League teams as his stock continues to rise in Italy, with Liverpool thought to be one of the clubs keen to bring the player to England.
Chelsea have also tracked the player in the past, but now Italian sources claim Spurs are keen to bring the player to White Hart Lane.
“I have not had any contact with Tottenham chiefs, although it is indisputable that the player would like the English club,” agent Armir Ruznic told reterete24.it.
“There are several teams in the English and Spanish leagues, as well as the Italian one, interested in him.”
Liverpool are thought to be one of those clubs, with director of football strategy at Anfield, Damien Comolli, thought to be impressed by the attacking youngsters ability.
SOURCE: Give Me Football – Official PFA Website
23 year old Josip Ilicic has had a great first season in Italy and the rangy attacking midfielder is now drawing interest from the Premier League and it seems the player’s agent is making it clear that his client would be open to a move to England.
The 6ft 3in Slovenian international has scored eight goals this term and assisted many others to help his Sicilian side to the fringes of a Champions League qualification spot and along with the likes of Javier Pastore, Fabrizio Miccoli and Abel Hernandez, Ilicic has become a crucial part of Delio Rossi’s Palermo plans.
Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli have apparently been looking for more creativity for the Liverpool midfield and are strongly linked with a move for Blackpool playmaker Charlie Adam but now also appear to be keen on landing other top notch continental signings.
Palermo may well fight to keep a player who they only signed last September but once interest from Liverpool and Tottenham turns into a tangible offer then the former Interblock Ljubljana may well have his head turned by such interest.