Ilicic, 33, sees his contract expire in June 2022 and Atalanta have officially put him on the market.
“Ilicic has given a lot to Atalanta, we know what he can give, but we are ready to consider the offers that will arrive,” Atalanta CEO Luca Percassi said earlier this week.
According to Calciomercato.com, Ilicic wants to move to Milan, so much so he has offered his services to the Rossoneri, who don’t rule out a move for the Slovenian star.
However, Milan consider Ilicic as a low-cost alternative they can sign at the end of the summer transfer window.
— calciomercato.com (@cmdotcom) July 25, 2021
The Rossoneri’s priorities lie elsewhere. The likes of Nikola Vlasic and Julian Brandt are believed to be ahead of Ilicic in the pecking order, so Milan are not expected to make a formal offer to Atalanta in the coming weeks.
Meantime, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sampdoria have sounded out both Andrea Conti and Mattia Caldara as they are not in Stefano Pioli’s plans for next season.
Both players can leave the San Siro on loan and preliminary talks between the two clubs have already begun.