Chelsea boss Villas-Boas eyeing Pastore as Essien replacement

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is ready to move for Palermo star Javier Pastore following Michael Essien's injury.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is ready to move for Palermo star Javier Pastore following Michael Essien's injury.

The Daily Star says Essien’s injury may force Villas-Boas to intensify his search for midfield reinforcements. One name being considered by the new Stamford Bridge chief is Palermo midfielder Pastore.

But Villas-Boas is facing another transfer tug-of-war with Jose Mourinho.

The ex-Porto bosses are already going head to head over Colombian striker Radamel Falcao. And now Real Madrid boss Mourinho is ready to fight Villas-Boas for Serie A star Pastore.

Napoli were also in the running to sign the Argentine but Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini said: “I haven’t heard from Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis for weeks. Real Madrid and Chelsea are leading the race for his services.”

 
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