In a move that will no doubt excite Chelsea fans, Javier Pastore’s agent is set to meet with club officials today to discuss a possible deal for the Palermo midfielder who has also been heavily linked with a move to French outfit Paris Saint-Germain.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini insists talk of a deal with PSG is premature and an ‘invention’ and Stamford Bridge looks the most likely destination given the arrival of agent Marcelo Simonian. "The only thing that is certain is that he is going abroad,” said Zamparini.
Pastore has made 68 appearances for Palermo since signing with the club from Argentinian side Huracan in 2009, and has netted 14 goals.The 22-year-old has nine caps for Argentina, and is tipped to be a future talent in European football.
After Palermo finished eighth in Serie A last season, Pastore made his intentions clear that he wanted to play for a side that could offer Champions League football.
Clubs from England, Spain, France and Italy have all reportedly thrown their hats in the ring for Pastore’s services, but Chelsea and PSG are thought to be front runners, with both clubs able to afford the sky-high transfer fee for the star.
Zamparini said that a decision over the playmaker’s future will be made very soon, and that some staggering fees have been discussed for Pastore’s signature.
"We are in the decisive days now and I think Pastore is just one of a few world-class players, but I won't say where he is going, even under torture. The offers are between €40 million [£34.9m] and €50m [£43.6m],” Zamparini said.