If in-demand striker Ilija Nestorovski ups sticks from Serie A strugglers Palermo at the end of the season, they can at least console themselves with the fact that they’ve made a rather handsome profit. Though, currently eight points adrift of safety, they’d surely rather take league survival than a quick buck.
Nethertheless, the 26-year-old, who has netted nine of Palermo’s 21 Serie A goals this season, appears certain to make a swift exit in the summer with Tuttomercatoweb reporting that Everton sent scouts to watch Nestorovski in action during Friday’s 4-1 hammering at Juventus’ hands.
And although the Macedonian may not have found a way past the consistently impenetrable Gianluigi Buffon, his performances throughout the previous seven months of the campaign have been nothing short of commendable – particularly as the rest of the team collapses around him.
And, if Everton have been encouraged into a summer bid, Tuttomercatoweb reports that they may be forced to pay up to £17 million for Nestorovski’s signature, making him the fourth most expensive player in the club’s history after Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Bolasie and Morgan Schneiderlin.
And, regardless of which league Palermo find themselves in next season, this would represent outstanding business for Palermo’s wheeling, dealing, hiring, firing owner Maurizio Zamparini – after all, the Rosanero plucked Nestorovski from Croatian outfit Inter Zapresic for just £500,000 in January last year, according to Gol.
This is a club that earned top dollar for Javier Pastore, Paolo Dybala (below) and infamous Juve flop Amauri, as well as making impressive profits on Edinson Cavani, Andrea Barzagli, Abel Hernandez and Franco Vazquez.
So Everton can’t expect to strike a deal on the cheap.