Thursday, 28th July, 2011

Paris Saint-Germain are confident of having won the race for Palermo star Javier Pastore, beating English giants Chelsea in the process.

The duo have been going head-to-head for Pastore over the last week, with the 22-year-old keen to leave Serie A in search of greener pastures.

And according to reports leaking out of Italy from Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport, it is PSG that have won the race for Pastore’s signature.

PSG are believed to have agreed a fee of €45M with Palermo for the Argentine schemer. The fee will comprise an upfront payment of €30M and the remaining €15M over the duration of Pastore’s contract.

The Ligue 1 club are ready to make a statement of intent and signing Pastore for such a vast amount, and beating Chelsea in the process, would be a concrete signal that a new power is being born in the French capital.

Hugely influential in the transfer has been PSG’s new sporting director Leonardo.

The former AC Milan and Inter coach boasts a thick book of contacts within the Italian game that he used to oil the wheels of PSG’s swoop for Pastore.

Pastore will now head to France to complete his medical and put pen to paper on a lucrative five-year contract.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas meanwhile has lost out on one of his key summer transfer targets. The Portuguese will now quickly switch his attention elsewhere after Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay announced the Blues would have two signings to present within the next ten days.

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