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Palermo reject Prem bid for Ilicic

ESPN staff
July 4, 2012
Josip Ilicic has been the subject of a Premier League bid © Getty Images

The agent of Chelsea and Liverpool target Josip Ilicic has revealed that his current club Palermo have received a bid from a "solid mid-table" Premier League team.

Ilicic has emerged as one of the most creative attacking midfielders in Italian football since moving to Serie A in 2010, and has previously been linked with the likes of Inter Milan and Lazio.

Chelsea and Liverpool have also been rumoured to have scouted the Slovenian, with Ilicic's agent Amir Ruznic revealing a bid from a Premier League bid was received and rejected earlier this summer.

Liverpool, who finished eighth in the league this season, could fit the agent's description of the bidding club - with few other mid-table Premier League teams likely to be able to afford the 24-year-old.

Ilicic has previously been given a £25 million price-tag by Palermo.

"I can confirm that Palermo got an offer from one of the Premier League clubs," Ruznic told Zurnal24. "But Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini immediately rejected it. He really didn't want to hear about all this.

"I can't tell you which club wanted Josip, as they could return with another offer. But I can say that we are talking about a solid mid-table club."

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