Three-way EPL fight for Serie A midfield enforcer

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Highly rated Palermo midfielder Armin Bacinovic has paved the way for a move to England after recently admitting it would be a 'dream' to one day play in the Barclays Premier League.

The news has alerted a number of potential suitors including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool who are all said to be monitoring his situation.

"I enjoy so much the hard battles, I'm a die-hard player and I never step back," said Bacinovic, speaking after a recent international friendly.

"I really like the British kind of football so my big wish is to play in the Premier League one day."

The 21-year-old Slovenian international has been a revelation since signing for the Rosanero last summer, so much so that he is already being linked with another move away according to talkSPORT.

Manchester United have been heavily linked with a summer approach for Bacinovic, only for the player's agent to quickly rule out that any contact had been made with Old Trafford.


Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be in the market for central midfield additions with the imminent retirement of Red Devils stalwart Paul Scholes, and the continued injury woes of Owen Hargreaves.

Manchester United are a little light in terms of depth in that position, and Darron Gibson's failure to step up when called upon for first-team duties has forced the United boss to look elsewhere for a successor.

Chelsea are also looking to begin a summer recruitment drive at Stamford Bridge with Blues owner Roman Abramovich tasking manager Carlo Ancelotti to freshen up an ageing squad.

The Italian boss has earmarked Bacinovic for a move to Chelsea but the Blues may face further competition for his signature from Liverpool.

Reds manager Kenny Dalglish will likely have a considerable transfer budget to play with when the window reopens in June, and will try to tempt Bacinovic to Anfield with the financial backing of Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group.

It's not yet certain where Bacinovic will be playing his football next season, but the exciting Serie A star will have the pick of the English crop to choose from with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool all vying for his services this summer.

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