Another day, another transfer rumour makes it’s way around the Tavern. This place is one heavy duty rumour gathering machine!
This time the subject of the speculation is Palermo’s 21 year old Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore. The young Pastore has been the subject of much interest from the big fish in the Serie A pond, but Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini does not see the player’s future in Italy.
Speaking to Italian sports newspaper, Tuttosport, Zamparini claimed, ‘For me, he will end up in Spain or England, the only countries where the clubs can afford him. But if I am faced with a suitable offer, I will be ready to change my mind.’ Whilst Zamparini’s claims may be upsetting for football fans in Italy, they’re not altogether unfounded.
The big clubs in Italy are literally bleeding cash, with one website suggesting that Italian giants, Internatizionale made a loss of almost half a billion Euros in just 3 years up to 2009. And those kinds of losses, are not unusual in the Italian game.
If Palermo decide to sell, then the Premier League is perhaps Pastore’s next port of call. Chelsea are rumoured to be closest to making an offer for the player, with Ancelotti in need of midfield support during next season’s campaign. It’s likely that Abramovich will insist on player sales in a bid to free up funds, but with the likes of Drogba and Anelka already looking to jump ship, those funds could be in place should Ancelotti wish to make a bid.
Of course, there are other clubs interested in the Argentine. Manchester City have already ‘sort-of, but not quite’ expressed an interest, with Sky Sports quoting manager Roberto Mancini as saying ‘City are interested in good players, and Pastore is good.’
Aside from the money involved, there is inevitably an incentive for young Javier to prove himself in what his arguably the best league in Europe. Having watched Spurs and Arsenal defeat two giants of World football this week, it goes without saying that the 21 year old will be extremely interested should any offers come his way.
Pastore has been in superb form for the Sicillian side this season, scoring 10 goals in 25 appearances. Fans in England will no doubt be drooling at the prospect of seeing him in action. Quite how much it will take to get him here, we’ll have to wait and see!
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