4 Jul 2016

Yes Please: Liverpool keen to sign 'amazing' €15m playmaker. LFC Transfer almost done in Aug 2015

In May, Italian reportedly contacted Fiorentina to enquire about the possibility of signing Josip Ilicic, and new reports suggest that the Serbian playmaker remains on Jurgen Klopp's transfer wish-list.

According to CalcioMercato today:

"Josip Ilicic is very much in demand by Liverpool, Tottenham and Leicester City. Fiorentina's sporting director, Pantaleo Corvino, wants €15m".

When asked recently about a possible transfer to the Premier League, Ilicic told reporters:

"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)

* Last Season: 22 goals/assists in 37 games (One every 103 mins)

* Jul 2013: Liverpool reportedly made a £12m offer for Ilicic.

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

* Aug 2015: Tutto Sport claimed that Fiorentina boss Paulo Sousa 'blocked' Ilicic's proposed transfer to Anfield.

* Apr 2015: Liverpool allegedly reportedly sent scouts to watch Ilicic.

A goal/assist every 103 minutes in Serie A is excellent, and if Liverpool are to splash the cash on another attacker, it makes sense to spend the money on a player with a proven record of consistently scoring/creating goals. Plus, Ilicic fits the profile of the type of attacker Liverpool should (IMO) be targeting:

* Like Yarmolenko, Ilicic is a tall attacking midfielder, and will bring some much-needed variety to Liverpool's attack.

* Rarely injured, which is a vital quality, especially for a Liverpool squad that's regularly decimated by injury issues.

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

For a fee of around €15m, this deal is (arguably) a no-brainer, and represents a comparatively low financial risk. Worth a bid?


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