Josip Ilicic is set for a transfer from Palermo to Fiorentina, according to various media reports. And as the Tuscan club already knows from personal experience, Ilicic is more than capable of producing the spectacular.
Ilicic, a Slovenia international attacking midfielder, had been linked with Fiorentina since the end of the last Serie A season, when Palermo was relegated. Ilicic, 25, scored 10 league goals in 31 appearances a year ago.
Here's more on the deal from the Associated Press, via the New Zealand Herald:
The Tuscan club announced the news on Tuesday, although the deal is subject to a medical, which will take place within the next 24 hours.
Fiorentina has paid a reported 9 million euros ($12 million) plus bonuses for Ilicic, who scored 11 goals in 32 matches for Palermo last season.
Fiorentina already know what Ilicic is capable of on the pitch. In an October 2010 match, he scored a dazzling golazo for Palermo against Fiorentina, his future employers. The goal, a swerving, long-distance effort, was the opener in a 2-1 win for Palermo (Javier Pastore also scored for the Rosanero that day).
The strike appears in the video above for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.
Ilicic is just the latest arrival in what has been a busy summer for Fiorentina, who finished fourth in Serie A last season. Montenegrin forward Stevan Jovetic left for Manchester City, and Mario Gomez signed from Bayern Munich. Other arrivals include Joaquin, Marcos Alonso and Massimo Ambrosini.
And that might not be all. Club co-owner Andrea Della Valle has promised more, per Football Italia.
“Ilicic will arrive and the surprises aren’t over yet,” Della Valle told fans at their preseason training camp in Moena. “We will reinforce the midfield and make this team even stronger.”