Zamparini: Italian interest in Pastore

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has revealed an unnamed Italian club is also in the hunt for Chelsea and Manchester City target Javier Pastore.

The Argentine playmaker’s future has been the subject of intense speculation all summer, with several of Europe’s elite believed to be monitoring his progress after an impressive campaign with Palermo.

Barcelona and Real Madrid were already thought to be competing with the two Premier League giants for Pastore’s signature, and now Zamparini has revealed an Italian club is willing to offer the 21-year-old the chance to remain in Serie A.

"There are five clubs keen on Pastore and one of them is Italian," Zamparini told Stadionews.

When pressed on the identity of the club in question he added: "It's not Napoli or Juventus."

Palermo’s valuation of Pastore at 50 million euros (£45 million) is thought to be a major obstacle to a potential deal with any of the interested clubs.

But Zamparini is nevertheless confident he will be able to cash in on his prized asset this summer, and does not believe the sale will be too detrimental to his side’s prospects on the pitch next term.

"There is a 99 percent chance that Pastore will leave," he insisted.

"But I think that without him the team will be able to fight to qualify for the Champions League."

By Liam Twomey