Ilicic has only been at Palermo a matter of months but has had an impressive start to life in Serie A since his move from Slovenian side, Maribor. The 23-year old has bagged 7 goals in 18 league games.
Goals this season against Inter Milan, Roma, Fiorentina and Juventus will have certainly added value to the 22-year-old Slovenian who cost the Sicilian club just £1.9million in August.
However, any approach from Chelsea or Tottenham could cost either club around £15million, roughly 7 times what Palermo paid just 5 months ago.
“Yes, there are three very big Italian clubs who have shown interest but Chelsea and Tottenham, this is different,” a source close to the player told Goal.com.
“Let’s be very clear, he is confident of playing in any league in the world. But he is happy where he is for now.
“He has a great relationship with the manager [Delio Rossi] and chairman [Maurizio Zamparini], but he is only 22 and has ambition.”
A January move is technically out of the question for the player dubbed ‘The New Kaka’ as he has registered with two clubs already this season. However, Prem clubs may monitor his progress in Serie A hoping for a summer swoop.
Any deal may be fiercely contested though with interest from AC Milan, Inter and Juventus. Incidentally, Milan could have landed the Slovenian International in August, but never backed up their interest with a bid, according to the striker’s agent.
A lot will depend on whether Ilicic can maintain his decent form until the end of the season. Right now it is unlikely that Palermo will be willing to part with their new star and Prem clubs are likely to receive a frosty reception from the Serie A club should any approach be made.
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