Eastlands outfit ready to spend big on young Argentine?
MANCHESTER CITY are set to smash their transfer record by signing Argentine sensation Javier Pastore from Palermo for £40million.
The Sicilian club rejected moves from Real Madrid and Barcelona during the summer for the 21-year-old playmaker but City’s move will prove tougher to resist.
Pastore’s price is inflated because they owe an agent £10milllion pounds following his move from Argentine club Huracan for half that sum to Palermo last year.
But that will prove no obstacle to moneybags City who are prepared to do an immediate deal now and loan him back to the Italian club until the start of next season.
They have identified Pastore as the game’s next mega-star after his emergence onto the world stage over the last 12 months.
He is good friends with City striker Carlos Tevez who is believed to be playing a part in persuading him to move to Eastlands.
Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign Pastore from Huracan for £6million two years ago but his value and reputation has soared since moving to Palermo. (News of the World)
Whilst I have no doubt of Javier Pastore’s potential the idea that Palermo think they can net £40m for the 21 year old is wishful thinking in the extreme. We are talking about a player with one season of European football under his belt and not an established superstar, clearly the Serie A side are hoping that they can fleece the cash rich Eastlands club, a strategy that may or may not pay off.
Pastore did show he has great ability with his new Sicilian side and impressed many in his debut season and he has also broken into the Argentine senior international scene but is still probably not worth half the amount quoted by this source.
Apart from anything, does Roberto Mancini need to bring in even more big name signings? The Italian already has a wealth of talent that he is trying to gel into a unit and would be best off trying to do so without looking to bring in new big money additions.
Below is a short compilation displaying Javier Pastore’s talents. Remember however that it is possible to make any decent footballer look like a genius in a YouTube video.