Leeds United have been linked to Josip Ilicic.
Leeds United have been linked with a stunning loan move for Fiorentina attacker Josip Ilicic.
Ilicic cost the Serie A side €9 million in a transfer deal from Palermo in 2013, after his side were relegated from the top flight.
Here are three questions to arise from The Star's report:
Is it just a convenient Slovenian connection?
Leeds United have a new coach hailing from Slovenia, and Ilicic is a current international of the country. Only last week, Leeds were linked to Macedonian Agim Ibraimi who plays in Slovenia, by The Sun. The touted transfers could just be pure speculation, but Darko Milanic may be looking to players he is familiar with to help the side out. Ilicic is a player familiar to Massimo Cellino due to spending the past four seasons in Italy.
What would his arrival mean for Adryan?
Ilicic is a player whose best position is behind the striker, similar to Brazilian youngster Adryan. While Ilicic can also play up front, Leeds are overloaded in this position. In an attacking midfield role, he would stunt the development of Adryan, and perhaps send a message to the 20-year-old that his future is not at Leeds, by limiting his regular football. Fellow new boy Casper Sloth would be another to lose out.
Would he come, and should Leeds go for it?
Ilicic has made only two Serie A starts this season of a possible seven. He has one Europa League start and one goal. The original report sourced by The Star, Italian website Tuttomercatoweb, report that Fiorentina would prefer a sale, which Leeds could not afford. This would limit Leeds' chances of getting him, unless the Milanic connection really came up trumps. It would only likely be a short term fix, with cost to Adryan, and one which is not guaranteed to pay off, with Milanic's own struggle to adjust to the Championship evidence of adaptation required.