Conflicting claims emerge over future of Javier Pastore as Palermo president suggests deal with Chelsea, not Paris Saint-Germain

Argentina international is edging closer to leaving the Serie A club but Zamparini claims agent will meet with Premier League side, not Ligue 1 outfit
Palermo ace Javier Pastore could be on his way to Chelsea, not Paris Saint-Germain as c;ub president Maurizio Zamparini counters reports he is set to join the French side by claiming a meeting will take place with the Premier League club on Friday.

The Palermo president has responded in stark contrast to earlier claims in Italy which suggested the 22-year-old was ready to sign a deal with PSG worth €45 million for the Sicilian side.

Sky Sport Italia reported that PSG beat Chelsea in the race to sign the playmaker, with Pastore expected to sign a deal with the ambitious French outfit.

However, Zamparini has now watered-down those claims as the transfer saga takes another major twist.

"It's not true and this news [of Pastore joining PSG] is an invention," Zamparini told Stadio News.

"Tomorrow his agent [Marcelo] Simonian will be in London to meet Chelsea."

PSG director Leonardo recently said that players like Pastore are always interesting, but claimed it was difficult to buy them.

The Brazilian was asked on Thursday whether his club had sealed a deal for Pastore, but he said there "is nothing concrete".

Earlier, Zamparini had told an Italian radio station his man was surely leaving Serie A.

"The only thing that is certain is that he is going abroad," Zamparini told Radio Radio.

"We are in the decisive days now and I think Pastore is just one of a few world-class players, but I won't say where he is going, even under torture.

"The offers are between €40 million and €50m," he explained.

Pastore joined Palermo from Huracan in 2009 and instantly became a fan favourite in Sicily, being considered one of the best young talents in the Italian top flight.