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REPORTS: Chelsea Meet £45m Asking Price For In-Demand Playmaker

Chelsea are said to be one of several clubs chasing Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore, and have even been named as the club who are willing to meet his £45m asking price.

The players agent confirmed that a mystery club is willing to meet the hefty £45 asking price, and some reports suggest that the club in question is Chelsea:

“It’s true, there is someone that wants him at that price,” Marcelo Simonin told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“This is the basis, hence, the price will absolutely not be lowered.

The Blues have been linked with a move for the creative midfielder and Palermo president Maurizio Zamperini admitted several clubs are interested:

“Pastore is a phenomenal player and there are three or four clubs interested in him,” said Zamperini. “I am a businessman and I will not lose my cool, but it is clear that clubs who want Pastore must have the economic power to submit a proposal.

“Chelsea are one of the clubs concerned, but we have to wait to see what Villas-Boas, the new coach, decides. The same goes for Juventus, although they are less interested than the English.

“Napoli have also called me to ask for Pastore. I would love him to stay in Italy, but it is very unlikely.”

The 21-year old is thought to be an alternative to Tottenham ace Luka Modric, but some reports suggest Modric is still Chelsea’s preferred option.

Villas-Boas appears to be in no rush in the transfer market and will assess his squad when they return to pre-season training on Wednesday.

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  1. Olamide

    July 2, 2011 at 10:13 am

    AVB u ar sleeping now, clubs ar buying great players u ar doing another things. Well, may be u want to leave soonest, if u want to last u most win cup not glass cup or stainless cup i mean trophy under most and b4 u can do that u must buy Pastore, Lukaku, nasri, Falcao if posible Joao and sell or loan bros Alneka, malouda and kalou

    • True Blue Dan

      July 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

      Olamide, you clearly do not have a clue do you?
      no lukaku, no nasri, no falco. AVB needs to evaluate his squad before he decides who needs to come and go.
      I would like to see VDW, Sanchez, Aguero, Sneijder and Hazard. Bosingwa, Maluda, Anelka, Mikel and Zhirkov to go.

      • Toby

        July 2, 2011 at 6:18 pm

        I think all of those are possible apart from Sneijder but I prefer Modric. He already said he wants to move so now we need to put in a serious bid. Lukaku- no, if he is the next Drogsthen he wont play well with El Nino, just like the real one. Pastore- overpriced, overrated. Nasri- not as good as Modric. Falcao- how many strikers do we need? Joao Moutinho- I didn’t think he was that good AND he costs 35million. Aguero could happen, Hazard would be nice, VDW is good and we need a righback but I don’t think Sanchez is quite what everyone says he is and with Hazard and Aguero we wouldn’t need him.

  2. i luv chelsea!!

    July 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

    hmm Pastore seems really good. i really like him seems like a good player. i wud like to see V.D.W, Neymar and Sanchez in chelsea. oh and maybe even that kevin guy from genk saw a few of his vids on youtube seems like a top class midfielder and he’s young too

  3. hassan lukman

    July 2, 2011 at 10:45 am

    how long wl it take him to evaluate d team?are there nt dvd to look at?anyway i dnt av much problem wt ds bloke,he knows d price of failure at chelsea,i dnt need any personal contact 2 knw dt trustin lampard,drogba,anelka,malouda and d likes is d beginin of failure bcos they cant give wot they dnt av,pls get serious avb 2 save ur job

  4. Tarquine, kisumu

    July 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Is AVB saying that a week or two is enough for assesment. Some surporters en fans of chelsea fc are very intelligent and the most read names on the net are the ones we believe should leave. What ar yu going to asses on Malouda, Anelka, Drogba, Essien and Lampard or is this the game of darts I heard of? We want new faces en this is all we ask from yu(coach). For the sake of stability en gud flowing football, the above names has to leave. Buy even Dennis Oliech from Auxerre France if at all yu’re defeated to find one. Change…Change…Change is like a rest.

  5. Idris aloma wasiu

    July 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Pls buy us players

  6. Adele Oyelami

    July 2, 2011 at 11:37 am

    AVB please do the right thing at the right time.

  7. heaven

    July 2, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Well i tink they shld sell drogba anelka malouda kalou and buy hulk and nasri …all we need in chelsea is a creative midfielder nd attacker

  8. Junaid

    July 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    We need players avb pls buy some players we need a creativity mildfielder like pastore, modric or snijder


    July 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    If Chelsea are prepared to offer £45m for Pastore, yet only £22m for Modric, they really are taking the P. I hope Modric sees just how much Chelsea really “want him”. Its just insulting. Not that I’m complaining – Modric is a Spurs player thru & thru, not a Chelsea lump


    July 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Please mr AVB go get this players, Luka modric, Falcoa, Hulk, and Pastore. And sell Drogba., Anelka, Larmpard, Maluoda, and others.

  11. Edmunds Osita

    July 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Pastore is just 21, can play both as a creative winger and a creative midfielder which will be a good acquisition 4 chelsea. But let d coach decide which is very important, he need 2 introduce a new philosophy at d bridge, check d players on ground n evaluate d market 4 better players who could fit in well with d team. Nasri, modric, falcao, sneidger or moutihno are all great players.

  12. Nsisong samuel

    July 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    The moey 4 pastore alone can bring us nasir n modric

  13. Kai

    July 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    BUY : VDW , Turan , Nasri , Lukuka , Aguero , Monotolivo , Hamsik

    Out : Malouda Anelka Yossi Ferreira Bosingwa Zirkov

    Torres Aguero
    Turan Montolivo
    A.cole Terry Alex Ivanovic

  14. kpum moses mhide

    July 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    lets be patient and see what avb will do, things do happen before we talk of..plz ma chelsea fans, avb knows better what to do inorder to save his job, lets wait and see what he can do..

  15. Johntojj

    July 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    AVB shud decide fast n let chelsea fans celebrate good players like kun, pastore,falcao, n any 2 masterful dribbling wingers and sell anelka, malouda,ferreira,drogba(though difficult decision but b’c0s of el Nino he needs to go)and kalou cos he is very erratic

  16. Dansantus

    July 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Villas,pls pls,,,dn’t wait,,,wat is d meaning of assessment when u heard that we dn’t ve attackin midfielder 2 feed Torres,,Abeg Villas buy now b4 its too late

  17. Dansantus

    July 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Villas,pls pls,,,dn’t wait,,,wat is d meaning of assessment when u heard that we dn’t ve attackin midfielder 2 feed Torres,,Abeg Villas buy now b4 its too late,Chelsea 4 life

  18. Omogunwa femi Nigeria

    July 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Lampard, essien, bosingwa and anelka should be shown the exit door and we need creative player like sanchez, falcao, modric or sneijer and muotinho.

  19. Bluekid

    July 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Lets allow the young man evasluate the squad and determines who goes out and in, lets allow avb be in total control for the first time at da bridge. Avb dont wastw time

  20. Davidm Benue State Nigeria

    July 2, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    All u guys that comments here your words are fanstatic,we really need mildfirld and striker,pastore and sneider, Neymar and Aguero,then chelsea will be greater…Drogba, Lampard,Malouda,Anelka,Kalou,Fereira,Boswinga are great players but with them we can”t achieve our aims,so let them go,we paid them for the their good job,now will need fresh blood that can take us there..UCL is our target

  21. oluwemzy

    July 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    i think the manager knows what he want and the players which fit in with his style of game.

  22. Ugwu joseph

    July 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Andre villas boas should hurry & start buying players.he should asses the team with video clips not waiting till the players return on july 6.go get pastore first b/c we desperately need a playmaker.

  23. nwapi okechukwu k

    July 2, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    i thankmy fellow chelseafans 4 their concern on wu shud cum n wu shud go. Bt i wnt al chelsea fans nt 2b ungrateful 2d lykes of drogba,lampard n essien. These hv bn d pilars in d glorious chelsea. New players ar ofcos needed bt let these named players abv b retained as chelsea legends. Nyamar, modric,luluka n d lykes might b gud but …

  24. michael

    July 2, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    afta all said nd done,i tink we shud giv him a chance 2 accez his squad cos he rily nidz 2 accez b4 arrivin 2 conclutn,So coach,do d ryt tin at d ryt tym huh!

  25. Emmanuel

    July 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    What AVB said was easy and clear. The players get back in next week, he asseses the squad, decides on where to strenghten the team and where and who prune down! Guys how come you can’t wait for a week? It isn’t a very long time you know!

  26. Obe tosin

    July 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Avb,i summon u 2 do wat u know dat is right.follow ur mind and put dem into action,i won’t advice u 2 sell drogba.

  27. olawale

    July 3, 2011 at 4:29 am

    I’l advise Avb to follow his mind. Chelsea needs beta players, thats true. But remeber u’l be responsible for every actn taken or fail to take.

  28. Dike Steven

    July 3, 2011 at 7:17 am

    pls 4 me dis is de players we need in chelsea, Pastore, Lukaku, nasri, Falcao, and i want Andre villas boas to get them now we dont have time.


    July 3, 2011 at 8:22 am

    (FRANKLIN, 4RM DELTA STATE NIGERIA.) AVB shuld go get d right players b/4 its too late. Bosingwa, Ferarra, Anelka, Kalou,youssi, malouda,Zikohov shuld b allowd 2 go. We need a good creative midfielder, a sharp left winger & a strong defensive right full back. Anoda gud striker shuld b added.

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