Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini says Real Madrid, Malaga, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are all battling to sign Javier Pastore.
Zamparini has previously said that Pastore, currently with Argentina competing in the Copa America, will not be allowed to leave for below £45 million. When asked where he thinks Pastore will end up Zamparini said:
“He 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.”
But Zamparini warned interested parties they will have to act quickly to secure the services of Pastore.
“We must solve it within 15 days, before the end of the Copa America, otherwise Pastore stays with us. However, there’s a 90 per cent chance that he’ll go away, because it is his desire. That is normal when you know that certain clubs want you.”