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Chelsea Transfer News: Agent Confirms Blues Interest In £30m Ace

The agent of Palermo star Josip Ilicic has confirmed Chelsea are interested in signing him, but they face stiff competition from Inter Milan and Juventus.

The agent of Palermo star Josip Ilicic has confirmed Chelsea are interested in signing him, but the Blues face stiff competition from Inter Milan and Juventus.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with the Slovenian midfielder in recent weeks, and it was thought Palermo had slapped a £30m price tag on the players head to deter any potential suitors.

The players agent, Amir Ruznic, has confirmed that Chelsea, as well as Serie A clubs Inter Milan and Juventus, are tracking the talented 23-year-old while also revealing Ilicic has a buy-out clause in his contract. Ruznic told

“I know that Inter Milan like Ilicic, as do Juventus and Chelsea, but so far no one has come forward with an offer to me.

“Josip recently extended his contract with Palermo until 2016, but there is a buy-out clause in his contract. However, I cannot say how much it is.”

However, Chelsea’s hopes of signing the midfielder have been dealt a blow as Ruznic went on to say he’s unlikely to leave in January and when he does decide to move on, Ilicic would like to remain in Italy:

“It’s obvious that if someone pays the clause, everything is possible. But I think he will remain in Palermo until June at least.

“(Palermo’s owner, Maurizio) Zamparini has made clear that Ilicic will not move away in January and I think it is the best solution for the guy. It is risky to change teams at mid-season.”

“Josip has always said that when he eventually leaves Palermo, he’ll want to stay in Italy.”



  1. Bond

    December 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Is he that good to warrant a 21.5 million pound tag?Why dont Chelsea address the width issues first with that kind of money. Robben and Duff were never replaced and this is worrying as all the best teams have real wide men.

    Chelsea must address the issue of width with urgency.

    Sell KALOU, dROGS, ANELKA and buy two good wide men.

    Shaqiri- FC basel -15-20 million
    Willian- Shaktar 10-15million.

    get a german striker in the form of Lucas Podolski -15-20 million. A proven goals scorer and has played at the highest level and is adept at playing wide.

  2. Nanpo j

    December 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Chelsea ned 2 sell pple lik anelka,drogba,kalou,malouda we realy apreciate there efort now its time 4 them 2 go. We need pple like cavani, tiote,dbruyne, 2 improve

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