Where Will Palermo's Javier Pastore Be Playing Next Season? From Milan To Manchester - Here Are The Options

Goal.com takes a look at Rosanero sensation Pastore's options at the end of the season.
By Adam Scime

One of the hottest properties during this summer's transfer window will be Palermo sensation Javier Pastore, whose flair on the field has caught the eye of a number of European giants. Indeed, the 21-year-old's time in Sicily looks to be coming to an end.

The Argentine midfielder has steadily increased his reputation since arriving at the Renzo Barbera in 2009, leading the club's eccentric president Maurizio Zamparini to constantly change his valuation of the player, once even suggesting he was worth
€100 million. One thing is for certain, though, he won't go anywhere on the cheap.

The exciting playmaker has the world at his feet at the moment, and with top guns from La Liga, the Premier League and Serie A calling he's certainly spoiled for choice.

lines up the options of the former Huracan star in alphabetical order...


Pastore has kept his cards close to his chest, but never hidden his admiration for the Blaugrana style of football. Add to that a period of serious interest from the Catalans in late 2010 and there is reason to believe a move to Camp Nou could be on the cards. The link has gone cold a little since the turn of the year though, with Pastore's drop in form and Barca's financial restraints possibly having compromised a move.


With a reported €120m about to be freed up for Juventus to spend, they could well be one of the front runners in the race for Pastore, and the Argentine's name has come up in speculative early reports regarding summer activity in Turin. As with many of the Old Lady's targets though, much may depend on who takes over from Luigi Del Neri at Vinovo this summer as another year of transition may not appeal.

Man City
Money being of little object for the Premier League free-spenders, Pastore has inevitably been linked with a transfer to Eastlands for the past year or so. A player of Pastore's rising profile would fit in with the club's transfer model and there are strong reports that they had a sizeable bid turned down for the youngster in March.

AC Milan
The 2010-11 Serie A champions have made some impressive swoops in the transfer market, both in the summer and winter, but Pastore would arguably be the most impressive of them all. However, Zamparini recently mocked Milan - saying a move to Massimiliano Allegri's side is "impossible" because they would never part with that much cash (€50m).


Of course there is nothing to say that Pastore must definitely leave Sicily; he could continue his development there. With a contract that runs until 2015, the midfielder has maintained that he is willing to stay on as he is enjoying himself and "doing well" at the southern Italian outfit. A further campaign on the island is not out of the question.

Real Madrid
Pastore recently revealed he's received no formal offers from Spanish giants Madrid or Barca, but declared it would be a "huge honour" and "dream" to play at either club. With Kaka possibly on his way out, Pastore would be the ideal like-for-like replacement, having often been compared to the Brazilian in style of play.

A change in ownership has renewed Roma's ambitions and their new American patrons are willing to dig deep into their pockets in order to raise the club to the top level of European football. The two most prominent possible arrivals being touted are Gianluigi Buffon and Pastore, with a €30m offer ready for the trequartista.

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