• Premier League

Pastore chased by Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea - Palermo

ESPNsoccernet staff
July 4, 2011

Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore is being targetted by three Premier League sides, according to Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini.

While Zamparini has previously said that Pastore - currently with Argentina competing in the Copa America - will not be allowed to leave for below £45 million, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea reportedly hold an interest in the midfielder.

"The situation of (Javier) Pastore is in the hands of his agent. We must solve it within 15 days, before the end of the Copa America, otherwise Pastore stays with us," Zamparini told Gr Parlamento.

"However, there's a 90% chance that he'll go away, because it is the desire of the player. That is normal when you know that certain clubs want you."

He added: "Pastore will go to England or Spain, but I'd exclude Barcelona, because they already have (Andres) Iniesta and Xavi in that position.

"The favourites are Real Madrid and Malaga. Manchester City are also interested in him, as well as Manchester United and Chelsea. I'm sorry to let him go, because he is the only world-beater that I have had (at the club) as president."

Pastore currently has eight Argentina caps and is one of the most sought-after players in Europe, although he is not expected to sign for another Italian side.

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