Gunners join race for Argentine international starlet

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Arsenal are being linked with a January move for Argentine international midfielder Javier Pastore.

The 21-year-old radar emerged on the radar at a number of clubs after a string of impressive performances at the Fifa U-20 World Cup, with Arsenal scouts highlighting the player's potential to manager Arsene Wenger.

Premier League rivals Manchester City are also thought to be keen on the player dubbed 'Kaka Argentino,' with the Eastlands outfit linked with a big money move for the Palermo player last month.

Pastore started his career at Talleres, graduating from their youth team to the Argentine Second Division side's senior squad as a teenager. Primera League side Huracan loaned the player out in the 2008-09 season, with Pastore impressing in the top flight in his homeland.

Serie 'A' side Palermo made an $8 million move for the player in the summer of 2009, and Pastore has become a mainstay in the Italian side's midfield, appearing 41 times for the club thus far.

Reports in Italy claim that the Gunners are keeping a close eye on a couple of Palermo players, with forward Abel Hernandez also thought to be on the Emirates radar.

Pastore has previously admitted an admiration for Arsenal and their style of football, something that was so impressive in the Champions League against Braga last night. When playing in his homeland, coaches urged him to play like 'Wenger's Arsenal'.

Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea and AC Milan are also thought to have courted the player at one time or another, but it's Arsenal who appear to be showing the most interest in a player who made Diego Maradona's World Cup 23 this summer.

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