Having acquired the services of Ivan Ilić from Red Star Belgrade in 2017, Manchester City sent the player back on loan to the Serbian club for two seasons.

The midfielder couldn’t enter Pep Guardiola’s plans at the Etihad which is why the Citizens sent him out on loan to FK Zemun and NAC Breda last season, before loaning him out again to Hellas Verona in September 2020.

As part of the agreement between the two clubs, the Serie A side have an option to make the 19-year-old’s stay permanent at the end of this season.

According to, the Premier League leaders would get €12m from Hellas Verona, if they keep the Serbian beyond this campaign.

Even though the Manchester based club are willing to cash in from the player’s sale, they still want to retain control over him. In other words, City, have a buyback option, and they have also set a price for it; €24m.

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Hellas Verona sporting director Tony D’Amico has built this operation and if the Italians end up redeeming the option for Ilić, it will allow them to ‘secure a prospect of great quality’.

In the event of Manchester City taking the defensive midfielder back, Hellas Verona can count on a ‘high income’ from his future sale.