Argentinian playmaker Javier Pastore’s agent has insisted that the player will stay at Paris St Germain, despite various reports linking the player with a move away.
Rumours are rife in the Italian media that Pastore is the number one target of new Juventus manager Massimo Allegri, as he attempts to plots Juventus’s defence of the Serie A crown.
But, speaking to tuttomercatoweb.com, Pastore’s agent Marcelo Simonian had plenty to say on his client’s future: "Is Juventus interested in Pastore? No one has called me but I can confirm that Pastore will remain at PSG."
Were Pastore to join Juventus from PSG, it would represent a return to familiar territory for the Argentine international, having turned out for Serie A club Palermo prior to his £32million move to PSG in 2011.
Despite Pastore’s relative success at club level, he has yet to fully translate this form to the international stage, making just three appearances since his debut in 2009 under Diego Maradona. While the playmaker did appear in World Cup 2010, he failed to make Alejandro Sabella’s squad for World Cup 2014.
The signing of Pastore would represent something of a coup for Juventus, who are at serious risk of losing two of their key players in Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba, who have been linked to various clubs across Europe after stellar World Cup performances. However, the comments suggest a move is not on the cards.
Premier League interest
That will also serve as a blow to interested Premier League parties, with Arsenal and Chelsea among those to be linked with a move for the player this summer. Indeed, The Daily Express reported a week ago that he could be available for £25m in the transfer window.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has already made his mark in the transfer window, particularly with the signing of Alexis Sanchez. However, it's unlikely that Pastore will now be moving to the Emirates Stadium.
Jose Mourinho has also gone about his business quickly at Chelsea this summer, notably adding Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge. He claims the club won't be signing any more players, and with Pastore's agent refuting a move away, don't expect to see him in west London.
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