United confirmed in £45.1m Argentine playmaker chase

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Manchester United are one of the clubs keen on signing Javier Pastore this summer, according to Palermo's president Maurizio Zamparini.

The Argentine playmaker has been the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer, with a host of sides across Europe keen to land the player.

Pastore won't come cheap though, with Zamparini saying the Serie 'A' side will not be willing to let the player leave for less that £45.1 million (€50m).

"The situation of (Javier) Pastore is in the hands of his agent. We must solve it within 15 days, before the end of the Copa America, otherwise Pastore stays with us. However, there's a 90 per cent chance that he'll go away, because it is the desire of the player. That is normal when you know that certain clubs want you," Zamparini told told Gr Parlamento.

"Pastore will go to England or Spain, but I'd exclude Barcelona, because they already have (Andres) Iniesta and Xavi in that position.

"The favourites are Real Madrid and Malaga. Manchester City are also interested in him, as well as Manchester United and Chelsea. I'm sorry to let him go, because he is the only world-beater that I have had (at the club) as president."


Manchester United have been linked with a handful of playmakers this summer, with Sir Alex Ferguson keen to find a replacement for the retiring Paul Scholes.

Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric have both been linked with a move to the Red Devils, whilst Ashley Young, David de Gea and Phil Jones have already made the Manchester United move this summer.

22-year-old Pastore would continue with the policy of bringing young talent to the club and building for the future, although the price tag is likely to be a major stumbling block for Manchester United, and they are also in pursuit of Alexis Sanchez.

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