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3 Jun 2016

Klopp to Sign? Liverpool still want 'amazing' €15m international attacker. Transfer almost done in 2015

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Last month, reports in Italy claimed Liverpool 'made contact' with Fiorentina to 'ask about Josip Ilicic', and it appears that the Reds remain keen on signing the €15m-rated attacker.

Liverpool reportedly sent scouts to watch Ilicic in April, and according to Tutto Sport this week:

"Fiorentina must sell players to reduce the club's €40m deficit, and the first name on the list is [Josip] Ilicic, who is wanted by Liverpool, Spurs, and Leicester".

In August 2015, Fiorentina boss Paulo Sousa reportedly 'blocked' Ilicic's move to Anfield, but the Slovenian international remains keen on a transfer:

"If we were to get a good offer in the summer, I definitely would speak with my leadership [and] find a solution."

Some info about Ilicic:

* Attacking midfielder, who can also play as a secondary striker, or a winger. Missed only 14 games through injury since 2011.

* Fiorentina: 46 goals/assists in 102 games (One every 130 mins)

* This season: 22 goals/assists in 37 games (One every 103 mins)

* Mar 2014: Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini raved: “Ilicic's vision and creativity is amazing. He’s the first into every tackle. He has to feel important though. Morale is a decisive factor”.

A goal/assist every 103 minutes in Serie A is creditable, and if Liverpool are to splash the cash on attackers this summer, then the priority should be players with a consistent record of scoring/creating goals. In my view, Ilicic also fits the profile of the type of attacking player LFC should target:

* Tall and strong (like Yarmolenko), and will bring much-needed variety to Liverpool's attack.

* Rarely injured, which is a vital quality for a Liverpool squad regularly decimated by injuries.

* At the age of 28, Ilcic is an experienced player in the prime of his career.

For a fee of around €8m-€10m, this deal is (arguably) a no-brainer, and represents a comparatively low financial risk. Worth a bid?



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