United boosted in pursuit of 'main target' - but must pay £60m

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Reported Manchester United target Javier Pastore looks destined to leave Palermo in the summer after club officials admitted they are resigned to losing him.

The Argentina international is also allegedly on the radar of Barcelona after lighting up Serie A with a series of stunning displays for his Sicilian employers.

And with increased speculation that United and Barca are ready to pounce for the 21-year-old, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has revealed he is already searching for a successor to the talented playmaker.

"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."


TalkSPORT have previously reported that Pastore remains the 'main target' for United this summer, but the Red Devils will have to break the bank to bring him to Old Trafford, Zamparini has confirmed.

"I feel it will be difficult for an Italian club to buy him," he added. "His price is already high at £60 million - he will move abroad."

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.

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