Thursday May 23 2013
Ilicic: 'Priority to Italian offers'

Josip Ilicic’s agent confirms he’ll leave Palermo, but warns Arsenal “Italian offers have the priority and Milan would be the top destination.”

The 25-year-old Slovenian international was never likely to remain in Sicily after their relegation and has attracted interest from numerous clubs.

“He will certainly leave Palermo,” agent Amir Ruznic told “He has absolutely nothing to do with Serie B.

“He is wanted by several different sides, Italian and overseas, but we are still at the beginning of the process. In any case, Italian offers have the priority.”

This is a blow to Arsenal, but in Serie A there is interest from Roma, Fiorentina, Napoli and Milan.

“I have not been contacted directly by Milan, but that doesn’t mean the two clubs haven’t been in talks. I think it is only normal that Milan would want someone like Ilicic. The Rossoneri would certainly be the top destination.”