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Chelsea in £45m bid for Argentina midfielder

Following the announcement of Andre Villas-Boas as manager earlier in the week, Chelsea have turned their attention to making a massive offer for Argentina playmaker Javier Pastore.

The president of Pastore’s current club Maurizio Zamperini has claimed that the Blues have made a £45m bid in an attempt to secure his signature.

Speaking about the player’s future, he said: “Pastore is a phenomenal player and there are three or four clubs interested in him. Chelsea are one of the clubs concerned.”

Chelsea have certainly been big fans of the midfielder and made no secret about monitoring his progress over the last six months or so. With this in mind, news of a bid is not surprising.

Perhaps the board were waiting to see whether Villas-Boas was keen on the Argentina international before preparing a serious offer.

Luka Modric was top of Chelsea’s wanted list previously, but the former Porto boss seems to be keener on Pastore.

However, he may want to assess his squad in the first week or so of pre-season training before deciding who he wants to sign.

This doesn’t mean there will won’t be movement in the transfer market for Chelsea before long though. Villas-Boas knows how long a deal can take in this day and age and will have his list of potential targets.

Other than Pastore – who would cost Chelsea just £5m less than they paid for Fernando Torres in January – players linked with the club since Villas-Boas took over include Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero and Inter Milan’s Lucio.

The Chelsea boss will then turn to his former club Porto for striker Radamel Falcao and midfielder Joao Moutinho.

Overall, he is keen to add to his squad with players that suit the style of football he intends to play. It could be a busy few weeks for Chelsea as they start splashing the cash!

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