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Pastore looks set for Chelsea move

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Palermo vice-president Guglielmo Micciche says Javier Pastore is "very likely" to join Chelsea - and expects him to cost close to £40million.

The Sicilian club's owner Maurizio Zamparini stated Saturday that Manchester City and Roma, along with Chelsea, were interested in landing the Argentine forward.

But now Micciche has revealed Chelsea are in pole position to land the 22-year-old, who Palermo previously insisted would cost any side 45million euros (£39.7million).

"We are talking about a great player who, in my opinion, is extraordinary," Micciche explained to Radio Sportiva.

"There is no doubt that he should be sold for several reasons. He wants a big club and negotiations are well advanced with a very important team.

"His agent is working well and if someone pays the right amount we are happy to let him go.

"Very likely he will go to Chelsea but I think there are many other clubs of that level looking at the boy."

Micciche ruled out any suggestion of a player-plus-cash deal for Pastore, adding: "We don't want any players in exchange, it would be impossible because it would mean taking players of a level that Palermo could not afford."

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