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Friday morning ramblings from Maurizio Zamparini

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 08: Javier Pastore of Argentina's national football team walks off the pitch during a team training session on June 8, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 08: Javier Pastore of Argentina's national football team walks off the pitch during a team training session on June 8, 2010 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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When I woke up today, the first thought that passed through my head was naturally what Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini had to say to the media today. Naturally I expected he'd have something to say about Javier Pastore, and when I opened my twitter feed I was not disappointed as the Daily Mail had a new article up with some quotes from the man himself:

I believe we are on the home stretch of his transfer

Well now, it seems like I've been hearing that for a while. Zamparini has recently told us the same thing, so this comes as nothing new. There was another interesting little tidbit in the article though:

For Pastore's transfer we will not accept player exchange deals. For me and for Pastore's agent the only valid one's are cash offers.

That might be very telling, as the rumored price (around 40 million pounds) would likely be something that only 3 clubs in the world could afford at the moment (ourselves, Real Madrid, and Manchester City). City seem on the verge of wrapping up Sergio Aguero as their big money buy, and Real Madrid don't really have a need for a creative midfielder at the moment, so it really would appear that the best fit for Pastore of those clubs is Chelsea. This brings us to the final little nugget from Zamparini:

On Tuesday we will look with Pastore's agent at the concrete offers we have

That fits the ten day window Zamparini mentioned early in the week, and it also implies that he has gotten several offers for the player already. Going by today's comments, it appears Chelsea may be in good shape to get their man and that this saga will be sorted out well before the beginning of the Premier League season. Then again, Zamparini could just be spewing another load of crap.

*In all likelihood a load of crap is exactly what this is...yay for European media!!!