Ilija Nestorovski; photo: CROPIX

Palermo books Ilija Nestorovski for June

Ilija Nestorovski; photo: CROPIXIlija Nestorovski has made a dream transfer as he will move to Palermo in the summer, after the end of the season.

The top goalscorer in the Croatian league won’t be leaving Inter Zaprešić this winter. Despite the rumors connecting him mostly with Hungarian champion Videoton and other Croatian clubs, Ilija Nestorovski will stay at NK Inter for the time being and look to remain the leading scorer in Croatia. However, in the summer he will move to Palermo after agreeing to a pre-contract.

The soon to be 26-year-old striker will join Aleksandar Trajkovski at Palermo. The Sicilian club wanted to sign Nestorovski immediately, but the fact that he is a non-EU player prevented the transfer from going through during this transfer window. According to “Giornale di Sicilia,” Ilija will receive an EU passport in March,  although it was not revealed from which country (likely Croatia or Bulgaria).

Nestorovski started his career at hometown club Pobeda and began his foreign adventure in 2010 when he moved to Slovácko in the Czech Republic. While in that country, he also spent time at Viktoria Žižkov, where he was on loan. He failed to make an impact at Slovácko and Ilija then made more loan stops, first at Metalurg in Macedonia and finally to Inter Zaprešić in Croatia. At that time, Inter was competing in the second division. He found his calling there. Last summer he transferred permanently in Zaprešić and became the top scorer in the second division. The club would win promotion at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, and his goal-scoring form has continued in the top league during the 2015-16 campaign. Also last year, after constant media and fan pressure, Nestorovski would be summoned in the national team.

His transfer to Palermo shouldn’t be a surprise as the Sicilian club is well known for buying little known players, growing their potential and then selling them later for profit. For instance, Aleksandar Trajkovski arrived in Palermo last summer and their fans even had troubles pronouncing his last name, but today he has become one of the best players on their team.

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