3 Jun 2016

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

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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