Friday June 10 2011
Palermo ready to sell Pastore

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini is preparing to wave goodbye to Javier Pastore after the latter said he wanted to leave.

The Argentine was this morning quoted as saying that "the time to leave Palermo has arrived" and Zamparini understands his position.

"I'm not offended," he told Sky Sport 24. "I've almost resigned myself to losing him. He speaks to his agent more than he speaks to me and the big clubs want him.

"It is only logical that he could stay here for just one more season anyway. If he did then it would be with great pressure and it would no longer be the same Pastore."

Although the Rosanero chief is willing to let him go, it seems that he will be looking for a fee of around €50m for him.

"I've already said how much he will cost on a lot of occasions. I paid €19m for him when he was 18. I expect offers to arrive to me via his agent," he continued.

Zamparini added that he believes the South American playmaker, who it was thought had only cost Palermo around €5m, will move away from Serie A.

"I think he is too expensive for the Napoli of my friend Aurelio De Laurentiis," the President noted.

"It will be difficult for the Italian sides to net him. Foreign clubs have bigger transfer budgets.

"The Spanish game is the one that will suit the talents of Pastore. Real Madrid would only sign him if they sold Kaka."

Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City are the foreign sides who have been paired. In Italy, Inter, Roma, Milan and Juventus have been associated.

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