Premier League leaders will fight for PSG superstar…
Current Premier League table toppers Arsenal and Liverpool are set to go head to head for PSG’s Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore, reports the Daily Star.
They will also face competition from Turkish side Fenerbahce though, but should be able to seal a deal for the out of favour midfielder if they move early.
Fenerbahce coach Ersun Yanal admitted the Argentine international was a top January target.
“I asked to arrange an appointment in Paris to discuss the direction of PSG,” he said.
Pastore’s agent has admitted that his client’s future is far from certain, and Liverpool are interested in doing business with the Parisian giants again, after purchasing Mamadou Sakho for £18m on summer transfer deadline day.
Pastore is an extremely elegant, talented attacking midfielder, but his time with PSG could be coming to an end.
“In football there are always ups and downs,” said Marcelo Simonian, the player’s agent.
“He has been happy there, but now is not the time for nostalgia. We will see what happens in the next few months.”
The 24-year-old moved to the huge spending French club from Serie A side Palermo two seasons ago for an enormous £35m fee, and lived up to his price tag, scoring 16 goals in all competitions in his debut year.
Last term though, he only managed four in the league, and has fallen down the pecking order this season, failing to make a first-team appearance in Ligue 1 since Laurent Blanc took charge.
The Gunners signed the brilliant £42m attacker Mesut Ozil in the summer, but are still keen to strengthen the attacking midfield positions after having to play teen star Serge Gnabry recently due to a number of injuries.
With Coutinho injured, Liverpool have looked far less a creative force, and Rodgers has clearly made acquiring another attacking midfielder a January priority. A deal for the 13 cap Argentine could seriously help the Reds’ challenge for the top four.
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