Javier Pastore has revealed he would like to leave Paris Saint Germain just four months after joining the French outfit, putting both Chelsea and Manchester United on red alert.
The Argentinian youngster, billed as the “new Kaka”, attracted interest from all over Europe in the summer as he prepared to leave Palermo, with both Chelsea and Manchester United heavily linked with making a move.
However PSG’s offer of €42 million was enough to steal him from under the noses of both Premier League clubs.
Pastore was seen as the jewel in the crown for the newly-rich PSG, now backed by the Qatar Invesment Authority, as they spent heavily over the summer in an attempt to join the European football’s elite clubs.
However the 22-year-old has indicated he sees his future elsewhere, adding that he will try and land a move to a bigger club by working hard in training to prove his worth.
"I train with great conviction in order to realise my dream of playing with a big team," the former Palermo playmaker told Radio Radio.
"It depends on me if I want a team that is bigger that PSG to call me." He added.
Pastore initially impressed after making the switch from Italy to France but has come in for criticism in recent weeks for a series of lacklustre performances, but Andre Villas-Boas in particular will be monotiroing the situation after coming close to landing his target over the summer.
Chelsea were expected to bring Pastore to Stamford Bridge after missing out on Tottenham’s Luka Modric, but suffered another blow when the talented youngster signed a five year deal with PSG.
Manchester United meanwhile could dearly use the services of the creative midfielder after a plethora of injuries that have ravaged their squad.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been forced to play both Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney out of position in midfield in recent weeks after Anderson and Tom Cleverly were ruled out for the long-term with injuries.
The long-term absence of Darren Flecther may force Ferguson to enter the transfer market when the window opens in January, although the Scot has recently reiterated his stance there is unlikely to be any new arrivals at Old Trafford next month.