Barcelona have moved to buy first option on Palermo star Javier Pastore. Sky Italia says Barca have already approached Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini about a price for first refusal on the exciting Argentina midfielder.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are also intensifying their interest in Pastore this year.

It's suggested Barca want to be alerted should Real Madrid come knocking on Zamparini's door for the midfielder. The Spanish champs are desperate not to see Pastore move to Madrid in the summer.

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