Mascherano backing Barcelona bid for Palermo star Pastore

Javier Mascherano is backing Barcelona's pursuit of Palermo midfielder Javier Pastore.

Mascherano is Pastore's Argentina captain and believes he would be a great addition to Barca.

"Pastore is a great player. I play with him for Argentina and he is a guy that has grown immensely in recent years and will continue to grow because he has much potential," said Mascherano.

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