Ezequiel Lavezzi could be set to stay at Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with the French giants having seemingly performed somewhat of a U-turn over his future.
Argentine international Lavezzi - who impressed during his country's run to the World Cup final in Brazil last month - was previously expected to be surplus to requirements at the Parc des Princes as PSG went in hot pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Angel di Maria.
Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi recently confirmed that Di Maria was too expensive, however, and The Daily Express cite reports from France that now suggest PSG have changed their stance on Lavezzi as a consequence and are planning new contract talks with the 29-year-old.
International duty aside, Lavezzi's preparations for the new domestic season must have been badly affected by the near-constant speculation regarding a potential summer exit from Ligue 1.
The former San Lorenzo forward - who first moved to PSG from Serie A outfit Napoli during the summer of 2012 - did not feature during Friday's opening day draw with Reims, although that is believed to be due to the fact that he was given time off to recuperate during the obligatory post-World Cup break for players who were involved in the latter stages of the competition.
New signing David Luiz and compatriot Maxwell also didn't feature, although Brazil skipper Thiago Silva was obviously deemed fit enough to start by manager Laurent Blanc.
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No move for Lavezzi?
While it is presumably not certain that £20 million-rated Lavezzi will agree to extend his current contract given the uncertainly that has surrounded his status as a PSG player over recent months, the news that the club are planning talks to entice him into doing so will surely come as a significant blow to his lengthy list of transfer suitors.
Chelsea and Liverpool - two sides known to have made a real splash in the transfer market of late - have both been credited with an interest with Lavezzi, with Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers obviously eager to bolster their respective options in the final third.
While the latter remains in the market for at least one new striker, Mourinho was thought to have ended his pursuit of further forward additions after Chelsea legend Didier Drogba re-joined the club in July following his exit from Galatasaray.
However, Drogba - who won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League in a previous stint at Stamford Bridge between 2004-12 - was forced to withdraw in the first-half of the club's narrow friendly win over Ferencvaros in Budapest on Sunday evening with an ankle injury.
Fears that such an issue could leave the experienced Ivorian out of action for the first weeks of the new Premier League campaign could feasibly lead to Mourinho searching for yet more reinforcement, especially now that the trio of Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku have all moved on.
Serie A champions Juventus were believed to have submitted a bid worth approximately £10.3 million for Lavezzi's services last week, although new boss Massimiliano Allegri appears to have no shortage of targets with Manchester United's Javier Hernandez and Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic also on the club's radar.
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