Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign Argentine attacking midfielder Javier Pastore this summer.
Palermo have placed a £60million price tag on the 21-year-old play-maker, who is also being tracked by Barcelona and Real Madrid. But Ancelotti believes he can sign Pastore for half that, as Chelsea again look to spend big after their January splurge on Fernando Torres and David Luiz. The 6ft 2in star, part of Diego Maradona’s World Cup squad last year, plays the creative role behind the strikers and the Italian believes he is the man to bring the best out of Torres.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
That is a lot of money! There is no doubting the potential that Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore possesses but it seems highly unlikely Chelsea will shell out such a sum for a 21 year old in only his second Serie A season. Carlo Ancelotti does like the look of the Argentine though and sees the former Huracan man as an ideal long term replacement for Frank Lampard.
A number of the Blues squad are beginning to enter the latter stages of their careers and arguably John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba need replacing and that their best days are behind them. With that in mind David Luiz was signed to replace the England captain and Fernando Torres looks to be a player the West London side hope will act as new goal machine as Drogba may well be heading for pastures new and at 33 is clearly nearing retirement.
Pastore has been in fine form this season, scoring 11 and assisting many more as he looks to help his Sicilian side towards the top six and it does seem likely Palermo will look to cash in on the youngster sooner rather than later, even though the Cordoba born attacking midfielder has stated his intention to stay with the Italian side.