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Zamparini: Pastore will move abroad

March 24, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

The future of Argentine star Javier Pastore looks to be decided this summer after Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini claimed he was already looking for a replacement for the attacking midfielder.

Javier Pastore
GettyImagesJavier Pastore was named the 2010 Serie A Young Player of the Year

Palermo have placed a £60 million price tag on the 21-year-old and are willing to listen to offers, having already rejected one in January that 'didn't meet his valuation'.

Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all believed to be interested in securing his services, with Manchester United also linked with a move in the Argentine press and a transfer in the summer now looking increasing likely.

"Until the end of season he will play for Palermo,'' Zamparini admitted. ''Despite my interest for the club and player, I am already looking for his replacement.

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

Pastore joined Palermo for £6 million in 2009 and has made a name for himself as one of the best players in Serie A this season.