Mancini admits Pastore liking
Roberto Mancini has declared his interest in Javier Pastore but denied personally contacting Palermo.
By Simone Bargellini
Last Updated: 16/02/11 2:05pm
Roberto Mancini has declared his interest in Javier Pastore but denied personally contacting Palermo about the midfielder.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has claimed that Manchester City made an enquiry on deadline day for the Argentine, who is valued at a staggering €100million by the Sicilian club.
That price tag is a result of some scintillating performances in Serie A over the past couple of seasons, while at the age of 21 he is regarded as a superstar of the future.
Mancini maintains that any approach did not come from him, although he does admit to liking Pastore.
The Man City boss remains a keen follower of Italian football and is also an admirer of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, who played for Palermo until last summer.
Mancini told Premium Calcio: "Palermo's president Zamparini said he received a call from City for Pastore, but he doesn't speak English?
"This means that I wasn't on the phone, otherwise I would have spoken in Italian.
"City are interested in good players, and Pastore is good, just like [Edinson] Cavani, and many others."
Mancini also commented on the future of City striker Mario Balotelli, who continues to be linked with a move back to Italy despite only arriving at Eastlands from Inter Milan in August.
Mancini is not paying attention to the transfer talk and has urged Balotelli to concentrate on performing as well as he can for City.
"I am not worried about his will to return to Italy. For now he must think about doing well here," said Mancini.