Liverpool have launched a bid for Palermo midfielder Josip Ilicic.Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has talked about Ilicic moving to Fiorentina since their relegation at the end of last season. But as yet, no deal has been struck.

Gazzetta dello Sport says Liverpool have now stepped in and offered €12 million for the midfield schemer.

But even if the offer is accepted, the Reds will have to convince Ilicic to turn his back on the Viola, with personal terms already tentatively agreed.