Chelsea: Why Javier Pastore Is A Snip At £44m

With Chelsea desperate for new blood in all areas, they've been told they need to spend £44m to net Javier Pastore and his consistent brilliance in Italy has seen him tagged the new Kaka...
Avatar:
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
2
With Chelsea desperate for new blood in all areas, they've been told they need to spend £44m to net Javier Pastore and his consistent brilliance in Italy has seen him tagged the new Kaka...

With Chelsea desperate for new blood in all areas, they've been told they need to spend £44m to net Javier Pastore...

When Palermo owner Maurizio Zamperini isn’t hanging coaches out to dry, he can generally be found scouring South American countries for a rough diamond at a knockdown price.

However, once lured to Sicily the hot-headed president never really knows how to get the best price for them, as demonstrated by the fact that he loaned his top goalscorer Edison Cavani to Napoli in the summer, only to then watch the Uruguayan hit 22 goals so far to help his new club mount a viable title challenge.

He won’t want to make the same mistake with Javier Pastore however, and the Euros just keep tumbling out of Zamperini’s mouth like a broken slot machine when the young playmaker’s name is linked to any of the big names in Europe. Which, despite the price quoted, shouldn’t worry the bank balance of Chelsea

“I won’t sell him for less than 20million Euros,” he warned.” Wait a moment, “if Cristiano Ronaldo went for 75m, then Pastore is worth 100m,” came the re-evaluation of his chief asset’s rising stock.

One thing is certain, at 21, the young Argentine has to give up that fetching rosè-pink shirt for something a little more becoming and be it sky blue, white or red he will not come cheaply as the Sicilian boss looks to cash in on that initial 10m Euro investment he handed over to Huracàn.

At six foot-two, Pastore glides over the pitch with the grace of a Ricky Kakà twined with the deft touch and change of direction of a Zinèdine Zidane, although in truth he will never have the explosive acceleration of the former or that in-bred nastiness of the latter.

However, El Flaco or the Skinny One has bulked up a bit during his two seasons in the rough and tumble of Serie A where he has garlanded the rather impressive nickname of the Magician. Houdini would be a much more apt moniker considering the number of tight spots he can wriggle out of over 90 minutes.

He was the finesse player in a league crying out for a successor after the stylish Kakà’s departure to Spain and the scouts made regular trips to the Barbera stadium to see the wunderkind in the flesh.

Apparently, in his first training session at Palermo his team-mates give up trying to get the ball off him and instead grabbed another one from the kit-bag and started their own kick-about – but from that moment the team had found their focal point and on-field inspiration.

It was Pastore’s swashbuckling runs and stunning goals combined with an instant understanding with Cavani that took the southern side to the cusp of a Champions League spot last season.

He was the finesse player in a league crying out for a successor after the stylish Kakà’s departure to Spain and the scouts made regular trips to the Barbera stadium to see the wunderkind in the flesh.

Seemingly every week he was the mainstay of the highlights shows – he could be outshone in the skill stakes by no one, from Totti to Del Piero, or Sneijder to Pato.

So much so that Diego Maradona could not ignore his claims for a place in the Argentina squad for the 2010 World Cup Finals although he played a mere bit-part as the coach kept faith with his old guard until it was too late.

The experience in South Africa has, however, stood him in good stead at club level this season where he is Palermo’s top goalscorer with 10 goals as they again push for Europe while international call-ups have become a matter of course.

Palermo club captain, Fabrizio Miccoli, who is no slouch when it comes to entertaining the fans, summed up the contribution of his young team-mate thus: “It’s just amazing fun playing alongside him – all we have to do is give him the ball.”

Such plaudits would turn many a youthful head and whilst he may be flashy within the confines of the pitch, away from it he is as unassuming in the mould of the player he has been most compared to: Kakà.

Manchester City missed out on signing the Brazilian a few seasons ago and, despite Chelsea apparently still keen, in retrospect they are probably better off for it if his injury problems and lack of form at Real Madrid are anything to go by.

However, as Chelsea can afford the mooted £44m and offer Champions League qualification as bait, what they cannot afford to miss out on is this genuine rising star who has the whole world at his extravagantly-talented feet.

Click here for more Football and Sport stories

Click here to follow Sabotage Times on Twitter

Click here to follow Sabotage Times on Facebook