Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore has put Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool on high alert after admitting that he could leave the Parc des Princes if the Ligue 1 title holders win the Champions League this season.
The Express claim that Pastore will consider a move to one of the Premier League clubs if PSG are crowned European champions for the first time in their history next May.
Pastore speaks about interest
The Argentina international told L'Equipe: "I've always been fortunate that other clubs want to recruit me.
"But I said to Nasser on the day that I signed my contract in Paris: 'I'll stay here until we win the Champions League'.
"This is what I said and I intend to respect it. The nature of football means I could leave before then, but that wasn't my original idea."
Pastore not in talks over new deal
Pastore, 25, added that he has not held talks over a contract renewal. The former Palermo midfielder, who joined PSG in 2011 for £32 million, insists that he will not allow his contract to run down in order to leave his current employers on a free transfer in two years’ time.
“I have had no discussions with the club to extend my contract,” he added. "Last year the leaders discussed that possibility, but for me my commitment to the club does not depend on my contractual situation.
"I trust Nasser and he has my word. I do not need to sign a piece of paper to stay here.
"And he knows I'm not the type to do things to harm the club, like running down my contract so I can leave for free."
Pastore has been disappointing at PSG
Big things were expected of Pastore when he joined PSG three years ago. However, the wiry playmaker - who picked up the Serie A Young Footballer of the Year award in 2010 - has often flattered to deceive in Ligue 1 and has been overshadowed by the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
He made just 17 appearances for the Parisians last term - although he showcased his class at Stamford Bridge in April, during the Champions League quarter-finals, by scoring a sublime solo goal in the final minutes of the first leg.
Pastore has been used regularly by Laurent Blanc this season and, like his PSG teammates, is determined to help the club win the Champions League title this season after reaching the quarter-finals in the previous two seasons.
Who needs him most?
It’s expected that Pastore would cost around £25 million to sign, but would any of the aforementioned Premier League teams realistically pay that amount for his services next summer?
Chelsea have several players capable of playing in the No. 10 role; although Jose Mourinho might opt to bring the South American in as another central midfield option.
Manchester United, meanwhile, could continue to spend big next summer and might be tempted to add the classy Pastore to their ranks. That there is now a strong Argentine contingent at Old Trafford would further tempt the playmaker to join the 20-time English champions.
As for Liverpool, whether Brendan Rodgers makes a move for Pastore could spend on whether the Reds qualify for next season’s Champions League campaign.