Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore reportedly remains at the top of Manchester United’s summer shopping list.

The Argentina international is also an alleged target for Barcelona after lighting up Serie A with a series of stunning displays for his Sicilian employers.

Contrary to suggestions last week, talkSPORT claims that United have yet to enter negotiations for the £35 million-rated youngster although he is the ‘main target’ for the Old Trafford club this summer.

Although arguably a more naturally attacking midfielder, the 21-year-old is reported to have been identified by United as an eventual successor to Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes as he comes towards the end of his illustrious career.

The 36-year-old enjoyed a vintage start to the season and is expected to extend his stay at Old Trafford by one more year by signing a new contract before the end of the campaign.


However, despite the initial excitement created by reports claiming United handed landed Pastore, Red Devils supporters may have to wait a little longer before he replaces Scholes after Palermo representatives quashed speculation that a move to Old Trafford was imminent.

A source at the club told talkSPORT: "There's nothing with Manchester yet. No agent has flown to Manchester.

"In the summer, things may change. There's lots of interest in him from lots of special clubs."

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