New Chelsea boss keeps Palermo waiting

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Javier Pastore's proposed transfer to Stamford Bridge could hit the buffers should new boss Andre Villas-Boas intervene, according to Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini.

The Blues' interest in the 21-year-old playmaker had been confirmed by the Serie A club before the appointment of the Portuguese, but Zamparini now admits Palermo face a waiting game as Villas-Boas lays out transfer plans of his own.

"Pastore is phenomenal and three or four clubs are interested," said Zamparini. "Chelsea is one of them, but we must wait and see what their new coach Villas-Boas wants.

"The same goes for Juventus, although they seem less interested than the English."

An Argentina international, Pastore was Palermo's leading goalscorer in the league last season; netting 11 times for the Sicilian outfit.


Pastore joined the club in 2009 for from Huracan for €19 million and still has four years left to run on his contract at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.

Villas-Boas, meanwhile, has wasted no time in making his mark at Chelsea, with the 33-year-old cancelling a friendly with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem in order to have more time to prepare his new charges.

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