Chelsea want Palermo ace Ilicic

Josip Ilicic’s agent has caused a stir by revealing that the Palermo wonder-kid is on Chelsea’s wish-list.
The Slovenian was only signed by Palermo from his homeland last summer but has impressed so greatly that he could make a further step up as soon as the end of the season. Some of Europe’s biggest clubs have been linked, but Chelsea are allegedly the keenest.
His agent Amir Ruznic said: “Clubs from England are going crazy for him – Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea all want him.
“But Chelsea want him the most. There is also an interest from Spain, other Italian clubs and Russia, but I doubt that transfer will happen soon.
“[Palermo president] Maurizio Zamparini wants him for at least the next two years. He is 70-years-old and he doesn’t need the money, he just wants to do something big with Palermo. He wants them to be champions, but who knows what will happen.
“Clubs are ready to pay €15 millon for Ilicic but that is not enough. If somebody is ready to pay €20m, €25m than something could happen. But he won’t leave for less than €20, that is for sure.”

Ruznic even went as far to claim that Milan were offered the opportunity to sign him before he joined Palermo, but opted against a deal.
“When I started working with Josip, I also offered him to Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri. Zamparini was the only one who showed great interest in him.
“He believed even then that this was going to be great business for him and his club, and he was right.
“Later I talked with Allegri and he admitted that he made a mistake but of course it was too late. Josip is now a very hot player, many clubs wants him.”

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