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Chelsea Transfer Target Javier Pastore Likely To Leave Palermo, Says Club President

Bidding war will soon begin for one of the brightest young talents in Europe.

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Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has given his strongest hint yet that Argentinian playmaker Javier Pastore will leave the club next summer.

The 21-year-old is reported to be a target for several of Europe’s top clubs, with Barcelona rumoured to be leading the pursuit.

Zamparini told Tuttosport: “Until the end of season he will play for Palermo. Despite my interest for the club and player, I am already looking for his replacement.

“It will be impossible to find a replacement because he is too good.

“Also, I feel it will be difficult for an Italian club to buy him. His price is already high at 70million euros – he will move abroad.”

“I refused 25million euros from Real Madrid. Pastore would like to play with Lionel Messi [at Barcelona], but if an offer of 100million euros were to arrive from [Chelsea’s] Roman Abramovich, I would take it into consideration.” (Independent)

When Mesut Ozil and Wesley Sneijder starred at the World Cup in the summer, many heralded it as the return of the no. 10: the playmaker, the Trequartista.

Javier Pastore is of a similar mould, but taller than either of those at 6’2″, and is an outstanding creative talent whose rise to prominence has been nothing short of meteoric.

A clever creative player who is renowned for his incisive passing and ability to quickly turn defence into attack, Pastore would be a fantastic acquisition for any team in Europe.

However, it is difficult to see Chelsea – or indeed anyone stumping up €100m for him, even with Zamparini’s notorious taste for hyperbole.

Palermo recently tried to up Pastore’s salary with a new contract, with the catch being his minimum fee release clause would increase massively.

The Argentine himself sounded enthusiastic just four days ago, saying, “Next season for sure I will remain here at Palermo. We all want it: me, the fans and the president.”

However, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini’s resignation to losing the player – albeit for an exorbitant fee – signals that an extension is unlikely.

Now he will just wait for the bids from across Europe.


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