Liverpool made a surprise bid to hire the services of Palermo midfielder Josip Ilicic but Reds failed in their late attempt to Sign Slovenian international as Fiorentina have already sealed the deal with Palermo.
Palermo were relegated from top flight after horrific performances in last year’s Serie A. In that failing side, Josip Ilicic was perhaps the shining star who impressed overall but could not save his team from going down. The 25 year old play maker scored 10 goals and provided 2 assists in the league last season.
Italian publication Europa Calcio reveal that Liverpool tried to sign Ilicis but the player did not want a move away from Serie A and hence preferred Fiorentina instead.
Europa Calcio claim:
“Liverpool tried a last-minute offer for the talented Slovenian, offering Palermo €12 million, some 2.5 higher than the offer of purple (Fiorentina), but the player has reiterated firmly he wants to play in Tuscany and does not take into account other routes.”
If true, this confirms that Rodgers is still looking for an attacking midfield player after losing out on prime transfer target Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Dortmund.
For now, Liverpool’s main concern is to somehow stop star player Luis Suarez from leaving and then to add more firepower to push for top 4 places next season.
If Suarez does depart, the merseysiders will have a lot of funds at disposal and will surely look to bring a top quality replacement for the Uruguayan.
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