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Pastore: I'm available for the right price

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Reported Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool target Javier Pastore has told his potential suitors he will be available in the summer should Palermo's demands be met.

The 21-year-old has been in sizzling form for his Sicilian employers this season and now looks set to leave the Stadio Renzo Barbera when the transfer window reopens.

TalkSPORT initially reported that the Argentina international had been identified as a top summer target for United it has since been speculated that Chelsea and Liverpool are also monitoring his situation with great interest.

With a number of clubs circling for the attacking midfielder, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has already resigned himself to losing Pastore at the end of the season - but will only let him leave for a substantial fee.

"Until the end of season he will play for Palermo,'' he said. ''Despite my interest for the club and player, I am already looking for his replacement.

"I feel it will be difficult for an Italian club to buy him.

"His price is already high at £60 million - he will move abroad."


 

Pastore himself has now responded to the reported interest of United, Chelsea and Liverpool by reiterating the comments of his president and claiming a will be sold for the right price.

"The president admires me and he likes me a lot," Pastore told La Nacion.

"He does his job and wants to sell me at the best possible price."

Seen by many as an eventual replacement for United legend Paul Scholes as the 36-year-old comes to the end of an illustrious career at Old Trafford, Pastore is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in European football.

Meanwhile, Metro reports that Liverpool intend to usurp their north west rivals in the pursuit of Pastore as owners Fenway Sports Group attempt to transform fortunes at Anfield.

Metro continues to suggest that a bid for Pastore for Liverpool is 'expected' by Palermo, and the player would be open to a move to Anfield.

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