Saturday, 25 June 2011

Reported Manchester City target Javier Pastore will cost 50m euros, say Palermo

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini believes rumoured Manchester City target Javier Pastore will play abroad next season if the Argentina star leaves his club this summer.

The highly-rated playmaker is a target of top European clubs, with City, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona all reportedly in the race to acquire the 21-year-old.

"Pastore is worth more than (Udinese winger Alexis) Sanchez," Zamparini told Corriere dello Sport. "He will one day win the Golden Ball award.

"I have not received any offers for Pastore but there have been approaches from foreign clubs, a few concrete, that are growing strong.

"But I reiterate that the player is worth 50million euros and that price could be higher depending on the offers as well as how the battles between the teams that are interested in the player unfold.

"I don't think Italian teams will make it. For 38million euros, Javier will not move. We are ready to extend his contract for a further two years and he would be happy."

Pastore joined Palermo in 2009 from Huracan for 19million euros and was the team's leading scorer in Serie A last season with 11 goals.

He is under contract with Palermo until June 2015.

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