Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has told Chelsea and other clubs interested in Javier Pastore to make an offer immediately, The Telegraph reports.
Chelsea face competition from Spanish sides Real Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga for the 22 year old and Palermo have received an offer for Pastore from an unnamed club. Zamparini wants the deal for Pastore done by the end of the Copa America and is determined to cash in on his star player.
Zamparini said: ‘The only Palermo player that is in the market is Pastore. The situation must be resolved in the next 15 days, otherwise, the player will remain with us. Before the Copa America ends, Pastore’s future must be decided.’
Pastore joined Palermo in 2009 from Argentina side Huracan and was the top goalscorer for Palermo last season, scoring 11 goals.
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Coyle plans Sturridge bid.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is hoping that his friendship with new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas will secure a move back to the Reebok for Blues striker Daniel Sturridge, according to The Mirror.
Coyle and Villas-Boas became friends when studying for their coaching badges together and the Bolton boss is looking to seal a deal for the young Chelsea forward. Sturridge spent the latter half of last season on loan at the Reebok Stadium and scored 8 goals in 11 games for the Wanderers.
Bolton had tried to buy Sturridge permanently after the loan spell, but were reportedly quoted £20m for the England under 21 international. Coyle will hope to take Sturridge back to the North West on loan after Villas-Boas is rumoured to be looking to sign Porto striker Falcao.
First session for Villas-Boas.
The Chelsea squad return to pre-season training today and will meet their new manager Andre Villas-Boas for the first time, Sky Sports reports.
Villas-Boas is expected to double up on training sessions for the first week to judge the fitness and motivation of his current crop of Chelsea players. Villas-Boas’ new coaching staff of assistant manager Roberto Di Matteo, physical trainer Jose Mario Rocha and scout Daniel Sousa will also be introduced to the team before the start of training.
The 33 year old Portuguese manager has enjoyed fantastic success in his short managerial career, but is aware that his job at the Blues will be completely different. Villas-Boas is prepared to show the Chelsea squad a DVD of Premier League champions Manchester United in an attempt to motivate them and spur them on to glory this season.
Villas-Boas has expressed the importance of his players behaving responsibly and setting the correct example as part of his Chelsea squad, revealing that he will be taking a dictatorial approach to management at Stamford Bridge. Villas-Boas has two weeks with his side in England before they jet off to the Far East as part of their pre-season preparations.
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