Chelsea have been revealed as one of the clubs who made a bid for Palermo midfielder Javier Pastore, with competition heating up for the star’s signature.
While it was widely reported that an unknown club had made a bid for Pastore, who is rated by his agent at €50 million, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has revealed that the 22-year-old is definitely fielding an offer from Chelsea.
"Pastore is a phenomenal player and there are three or four clubs interested in him," Zamparini said.
"I am a businessman and I will not lose my cool, but it is clear that clubs who want Pastore must have the economic power to submit a proposal.
"Chelsea are one of the clubs concerned, but we have to wait to see what [Andre] Villas-Boas, the new coach, decides. The same goes for Juventus, although they are less interested than the English.
"Napoli have also called me to ask for Pastore. I would love him to stay in Italy, but it is very unlikely."
The comments will be a huge boost for Chelsea fans, with Pastore one of the top-rated playmakers in Serie A.
While Zamparini has admitted he doesn’t want to lose Pastore, Chelsea have the budget available to land the player, and Villas-Boas is expected to start making transfer moves on pre-season return.