Chelsea, Liverpool and United's Serie A target 'dreams' of EPL move

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Palermo midfielder Armin Bacinovic has put the Premier League elite on alert by claiming he loves British football.

The 21-year-old impressed on Tuesday turned out for Slovenia against Northern Ireland in a stalemate at Windsor Park.

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all be strongly linked with the tough tackling midfielder, who says he thrived on the physical nature of the Euro 2012 qualifier in Belfast.

"In Belfast, there were so many hard tackles, we fought for every ball. But that is the way I like to play football," he told Sportskenovosti.

"I enjoy so much the hard battles, I'm a die-hard player and I never step back, not even one centimetre.

"There was one moment where one of the Northern Ireland players got really close to me - he thought that I would be scared and move away, but I pushed him away and the ref stepped in between us.


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

The Premier League trio, who have also been tracking Bacinovic's team-mate, Javier Pastore, are reportedly ready to make a bid for the Slovenian this summer.

While Chelsea are looking to freshen up their squad, Liverpool and Manchester United are craving a no-nonsense midfielder in the wake of the respective losses of Javier Mascherano, who was last summer sold to Barcelona, and Owen Hargreaves, who is expected to leave the club this summer after constant injury problems.

Carlo Ancelotti is keen to bring new life to his ageing squad, and along with Sergio Aguero, the Chelsea manager wants build a squad that can close to the gap to Arsenal and Manchester United in the Premier League.

With Kenny Dalglish expected to be given a permanent deal at Anfield, and money to spend this summer, his first job might be to replace Mascherano, who has been badly missed since his departure to the Catalan giants last year.


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