Old Trafford club in advanced talks to sign Argentine international.
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Manchester United are reportedly set to complete a deal to sign Palermo’s exciting young playmaker Javier Pastore. The Argentine’s agent Marcelo Simonen is apparently in talks with the Old Trafford club completing a deal to bring the 21 year old to the Premier League table toppers according to Cordoba based media outlet Radio Event. Such news will come as a blow to Barcelona who are also said to be actively pursuing the Serie A star.
Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be an admirer of the rangy attacking midfielder and has had the player scouted in recent weeks. Pastore has been the driving force in Palermo’s towards a top sixth finish and the club’s recent 7-0 home drubbing at the hands of Udinese has apparently led to the player’s push to leave the club he joined in July 2009.
The Sicilian side is determined to see their €40m (£34.3m) valuation met before they sell their prized asset and it now appears that Ferguson is willing to meet those demands and break the club’s transfer record outlay which was set when Man United purchased Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham back in the summer of 2008.
Pastore has been in fine form this season netting ten goals and assisting many others and he is seen as an ideal long term replacement for Paul Scholes as Ferguson looks to bring in a goal scoring midfielder to help boost the attacking third of his squad.
Manchester United’s owners have promised Ferguson significant transfer funds to help boost the club’s squad, a promise that was also made to England international Wayne Rooney who wanted to see the club bring in top level signings before committing to a new deal some months back.
Sir Alex Ferguson will look to trim some players from his squad to help fund such additions with Owen Hargreaves and Michael Owen unlikely to be offered new deals and the likes of Jonny Evans, Danny Welbeck, Bebe, Gabriel Obertan and Darron Gibson all fighting for their Old Trafford futures.