Palermo rejected £21m Real Madrid bid for Javier Pastore so Barcelona can jump queue, claims club president


Zamparini hoping Argentine will head for the Nou Camp...

22-07-2010 --  Palermo have rejected a £21 million offer from Real Madrid for Javier Pastore, claims club president Maurizio Zamparini, who believes the ace will head to Barcelona.


Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer of Pastore, who took Serie A by storm following his arrival from Huracan last year.


But even Madrid's millieu of cash and golden gooses won't have Zamparini flapping around.


"Have I received heavy offers? Real Madrid came along and they tabled a €25m bid, but I responded 'no' instantly," Zamparini told Il Giornale.


"I went to the player and told him everything. He is intelligent and he understood everything. It's better to be a starter at Palermo than a reserve at Madrid.


"In any case, for me today he is worth €50m (£42m)."


And despite Los Blancos' bid being considered tasteless, Zamparini revealed another reason behind the no-go Madrid deal.


"I think he will end up at Barcelona even though Mourinho wanted him at all costs. Pastore is a good friend of [Lionel] Messi and I know he made him a promise," he concluded.




Pastore Javier

Pastore Javier
  • Current Team: Roma
  • D.O.B.: 20/06/1989
  • Nat.: Argentine / Italian
  • Offensive Midfielder

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