There are reports Arsenal and Zenit have joined the race to sign Josip Ilicic following Palermo’s relegation.
The Rosanero have made it clear they cannot afford to keep him now they are dropping into Serie B, so a bidding war is breaking out.
Roma, Napoli, Fiorentina and Sampdoria have all been linked recently, but there is also interest from overseas.
According to today’s reports in Italy, Arsenal are stepping up to make their intentions clear after Zenit St Petersburg also prepared an offer .
The 25-year-old Slovenian attacking midfielder scored 10 goals in 31 Serie A games this season.