Armin Bačinovič will be ready for the Premier League 'within a year', according to his agent.
The Slovenian midfielder has been in fine form for Palermo since joining the Serie A side in August, and has since attracted interest from both Liverpool and Chelsea.
It was reported last week that Liverpool were plotting a January bid for the £12 million-rated midfielder, but Roy Hodgson may have to put his interest on hold after Bačinovič's agent revealed his client needs to gain more experience in Italy.
Amir Ruznic told TMW: "Armin, in a few years, will certainly be ready for Liverpool or Chelsea, but now I know nothing.
"Just yesterday I spoke to someone asking about these rumours, of which I am not aware of. Certainly within a year, he will be a player ready for a top club."
This could pave the way for a summer move for the 21-year-old, who would fit with Liverpool owners NESV's ethos of bringing exciting young talent to Anfield.
Bačinovič is unlikely to be Liverpool's only target in the summer after principal owner John W. Henry admitted the club is more likely to do business at the end of the season - rather than in January.
Henry said: "We have work to do, and we must invest in this club to improve it on the field. Can that be successfully done in January? A number of people I’ve talked with doubt it."
Either way, it is sure to be a busy time at Anfield when the transfer window reopens.
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