Liverpool dealt blow over £24m midfielder; Dortmund boast about £30m Utd target
Paris Saint Germain’s Argentine midfielder, Javier Pastore has spoken of his desire to remain in the French capital; damaging any plans Liverpool had of luring him to England.
Pastore, who has struggled to nail down a place in the first team, played well in PSG’s 4-0 win over Lyon at the Parc des Princes; coming in with an impressive 86% pass competition ratio from 96 touches. Deployed on the left-wing, the 24-year-old set Edinson Cavani away in the first half with a fine through ball which led to the second goal.
After the game, Pastore spoke of the his plan to stay and fight for his first team place,
“As I’ve already said, I was the first to sign for the club and I’ll be the last to leave. I’m going to fight. There are a lot of players in each position, but I’m going to dig in to be among those first names on the teamsheet without getting too worried about it.” Pastore told Paris-based newspaper, ‘Le Parisien’.
Yesterday, we reported the news that Liverpool were after PSG duo Pastore and Jeremy Menez; but now it seems one of those targets is already slipping from their grasp.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund have been gloating in the German Press, having managed to keep hold of Robert Lewandowski in the last transfer window.
Man Utd, coupled with a whole host of other European giants, have been tracking the Polish forward after his goalscoring exploits helped fire Dortmund back into the limelight.
He is certainly an attractive target, seeing as his current contract expires in June next year; which means despite a £30+ market value, he would become a free agent at the end of the season.
Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke spoke of the club’s satisfaction of having the 25-year-old still currently plying his trade at the Westfalenstadion,
“When you open up the papers tomorrow, you’ll see who is at the top of the scoring charts and that maybe we were right to keep hold of him,” Watzke told German TV station, ‘ZDF’
Watze alluded to the fact that the German club can no longer command a large fee for the striker; and with Lewndowski intent on leaving in the summer, this is a transfer story that will gather serious pace in the coming months.