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Messi backing Barcelona bid for Palermo playmaker Pastore

Lionel Messi hopes Barcelona can land Palermo midfielder Javier Pastore. The pair have become good friends as part of the Argentina squad and Pastore's agent, Marcelo Simonian, is in contact with Barca about their interest in the midfielder.

AS says Messi has also made it clear to Barca chiefs he would welcome Pastore.

Pastore is also a target for Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

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