Palermo's Javier Pastore Reported to Be Close to Joining Paris Saint Germain

Jack BeresfordContributor IIIJuly 28, 2011

PALERMO, ITALY - MARCH 19:  Ignazio Abate (L) of Milan and Javier Pastore of Palermo compete for the ball during the Serie A match between US Citta di Palermo and AC Milan at Stadio Renzo Barbera on March 19, 2011 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
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Argentinean midfield dynamo Javier Pastore looks set to depart Palermo by the end the week, according to reports surfacing today.

The news came following a radio interview with Palermo owner Mauizio Zamparini, a man famous for rarely mincing his words.

Speaking on Italian radio, Zamparini explained that Palermo “are in the decisive days now” and that “the only thing that is certain is that [Pastore] is going abroad”

However, when quizzed on Pastore’s potential destination, Zamparini remained tight lipped about the young midfielder’s plans saying:

“Pastore is just one of a few world class players but I won’t say where he is going, even under torture.”

The Palermo chief did reveal though that the fee would be “between €40 million [£34.9m] and €50m [£43.6m]," for the star.

Italian media giants Sky Sport Italia have today exclusively revealed that newly wealthy French side Paris Saint Germain that have won the race to sign Pastore.

Premier League side Chelsea had long been favourites to sign the playmaker, but the newly wealthy Dubai backed French giants are now thought to be closing in on a deal.

It would wrap up an exciting few days for Paris Saint Germain fans, after the club completed a big money move for Roma’s French star Jeremy Menez.

It would also signal a major seed change in the power dynamics of European football, with French clubs usually positioned as feeders to the more prestigious Serie A giants of AC Milan, Inter and Juventus.

Sky Sport Italia now believe that a deal between Pastore and Paris Saint Germain could be signed as early as Friday.