Javier Pastore has declared that he is ready to leave Palermo in the summer transfer window, and president Maurizio Zamparini has admitted he is resigned to losing the playmaker before the new season begins.
The Argentina international was one of the revelations of Serie A in the first half of the season and clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, Roma, AC Milan and Inter have all been linked with a move for the 21-year-old playmaker.
And now Pastore has indicated that he wants to part with the Sicilian club, with Fox Sports-Del Plata quoting the player as saying: "I think that the moment has come to leave Palermo."
Though the player has four years remaining on his contract, Zamparini has been quick to throw in the towel, admitting to the press: "I am almost resigned [to losing him]. More than me, he speaks with his agent and there are big clubs who want him."
"I don't feel offended. It's logical that at the maximum he could have stayed on for another season, but at the same time if he stayed then he would be under more pressure, and we would not see the same Pastore."
Zamparini has previously been erratic when asked to give an exact asking price for the former Huracan player in the past, but stated: "I have stated his value many times before. Consider I paid €19m for him when he was 18 [sic].
"The offers will likely arrive via his agent [Marcelo Simonian]."
Pastore is now likely to be the subject of feverish attention, with his exit from Palermo expected to be only a matter of time two years after his move after arriving in Italy from his native Argentina.