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Hellas Verona ‘in talks to sign Ivan Ilic at Manchester City this summer’

Hellas Verona ‘in talks to sign Ivan Ilic permanently from Manchester City this summer’ after the Serbian midfielder impressed on loan on the Serie A side last season

  • Ivan Illic was loaned to Serie A team Hellas Verona last season
  • Reports in Italy now claim Verona is in talks with Manchester City over a permanent deal
  • Ilic came over from Red Star Belgrade to City in 2017, but did not play for them
  • His older brother Luka returned to FC Twente on a rental basis earlier in the shop window

Hellas Verona is in talks with Manchester City about a permanent contract for Ivan Ilic, according to reports in Italy.

The Serbian midfielder was loaned to Serie A last season, scoring three goals in 30 games in Italy.

Sky Sport Italy now claiming that Verona would like to make the 20-year-old’s transfer permanent, and while the fee they are negotiating has not been disclosed, they are said to be willing to make a ‘major’ investment.

Hellas Verona is reportedly in talks with Manchester City to definitively sign Ivan Ilic

Hellas Verona is reportedly in talks with Manchester City to definitively sign Ivan Ilic

The Serbian midfielder (right) scored three goals in 30 Serie A games on loan last season

The Serbian midfielder (right) scored three goals in 30 Serie A games on loan last season

Ilic – signed by City from Red Star Belgrade in 2017 – has returned to the Etihad Stadium on the completion of his loan term and has entered the final 12 months of his contract with the Premier League champions.

After signing a deal of around £2million for City, Ilic returned to Red Star on a two-year loan, before sealing another temporary move to fellow Serbian outfit FK Zemun in 2019.

Shortly after, a loan spell to the Dutch NAC Breda followed, prior to his move to Verona for the 2020-21 season.

He has entered the final year of his contract with City and has yet to play for Pep Guardiola's side

He has entered the final year of his contract with City and has yet to play for Pep Guardiola’s side

Not only has Ilic gained lent experience, but has also spent time in the development system with his brother Luka on the Etihad Campus, but he has yet to make his City debut.

Serbian U23 international Luka was loaned out to FC Twente again earlier this summer, after scoring twice in 24 games for the Eredivisie outfit in the 2020-21 season.

Younger brother Ivan, meanwhile, made his senior Serbia debut on June 7 in a friendly against Jamaica, while his other cap came in defeat to Japan four days later.

Ilic will team up with Eusebio Di Francesco when he returns to Verona, with the former Roma boss replacing Croatian manager Ivan Juric, who has come to Torino.

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