Paris Saint Germain have put Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi, a target for Chelsea and Arsenal, up for sale to the highest bidders as they look to raise money to complete the Angel Di Maria transfer.
Spanish newspaper Marca reports that PSG hope to announce the Di Maria signing early next week. But to meet their Financial Fair Play obligations they need to offset the €65m outlay with some transfer income. That's where Lavezzi, a target for Arsenal and Chelsea who is valued at £25m by his club, and his Argentine compatriot Pastore come in.
Both were high profile additions to the PSG project from Serie A, but they've been pushed to the fringes of the first-team in recent months. The arrival of Edinson Cavani limited Lavezzi's opportunities, and PSG are willing to let him go with Di Maria an upgrade at the attacking midfield position.
Chelsea and Arsenal interest?
Chelsea in particular are thought to be keen on Lavezzi, with Jose Mourinho believed to be a big fan of the versatile attacker. Arsenal recently completed a deal to sign Alexis Sanchez, who operates in a similar position, so the Gunners' interest may now have lapsed although Arsene Wenger has plenty of cash to spend.
Pastore meanwhile has been linked with a departure for almost 12 months now. Liverpool were interested at one stage, but a return to Italy may be more realistic now.
The gifted playmaker has fallen off the radar under Laurent Blanc and needs to resurrect his career elsewhere.
Di Maria wages
But PSG will need to recoup some serious transfer fees for both players, as Marca report they've put together a massive €8m-a-year wage package for Di Maria.