Five to watch: Serie A scout report
1. The bargain: Josip Ilicic
The 25-year-old Slovenian developed later than most, not making his professional debut until the age of 19. Since then though, he has embarked on a rapid ascent up the football pyramid, featuring briefly for Maribor before being snapped up by Serie A side Palermo in 2010. He impressed in his maiden campaign, scoring eight times in 39 games and linking well with Javier Pastore, but the Argentine's departure badly affected his influence the following year.
Palermo may be teetering on the brink of relegation this season, but oddly Ilicic has rediscovered the form that made him such a joy to behold. He has topped the scoring charts for the Rosanero, albeit with just six strikes, and has been a rare ray of light in a side desperately short of form.
Premier League clubs could do much worse than turn to Ilicic this summer – particularly if Palermo are relegated – as for a reasonably affordable fee they will be signing a creative, forward-thinking attacker, who can produce moments of unexpected quality. You're never quite sure what Ilicic will bring, but that is part of his charm.