Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini says the club have increased the release clause in Javier Pastore’s contract to €100 million.
Pastore, 21, was recently named Serie A’s Young Player of the Year for 2010 and has emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted prospects, with the likes of Real Madrid, Milan and Manchester United all reported to be watching him.
But any bidders for the Argentinian will now need to be prepared to spend €100 million for the forward, after Zamparini revealed that Palermo increased their minimum asking price following Pastore’s display in his side’s 2-1 victory over Juventus on Wednesday.
“This evening, Pastore’s agent was here,” Zampirini said. “We have raised his release clause to €100m at his suggestion.
“I believe that Pastore and Josip Ilicic could play as regulars for top clubs in Europe despite being young.”
Zamparini also claimed that he received a call from Manchester City on deadline day to enquire about Pastore, though the approach was immediately turned down.