The problem with signing for moneybags is that your place in the team isn’t safe. It could be hosanah today and crucify him tomorrow. That seems the fate of PSG’s Javier Pastore. The Argentine was one of the first arrivals at Parc de Princes when the French club stumbled on wealth but owing to their seemingly bottomless pocket, they have lured in other midfielders that have usurped the Argentine. Now, he has found himself rooted to the PSG bench and reports are now rife that he is open to a move away from the Ligue 1 champions in the winter window.
“It will be difficult for Pastore at PSG this season because he has not proved he is a regular.
“You know there have always been discussion about Javier Pastore. There are a lot of question marks.
“If he doesn’t play until Christmas he will probably ask for a move in the winter transfer window. I’m pretty sure about that.”
“For Javier Pastore, if he stays too long and spends too much time on the bench that would be a problem for him and I’m sure his advisors will consider a move.”
He said: “I think he’s a good player but being able to do well in England is a different story.
“He hasn’t done very well in France. People were expecting much more from him.
“Don’t forget he was the highest transfer when he joined, he was the first [signing of the new owners], when Javier Pastore signed for Paris I think he cost £32m or something like that.
“No club had ever paid that kind of money in France so there was a massive, massive expectations.
“When he first started we expected him to be a Maradona or a Platini.
(Ginola to Express Sport)
Arsenal and Chelsea have been credited with interests. According to the reports, Arsenal enquired about him in the summer window but I doubt if they will still do that after splashing out on Mesut Ozil on deadline day. The Gunners are currently spoilt for choice in the attacking midfield, where Pastore plays with Ozil, Wilshere, Rosicky and Cazorla battling for the limited space.
What then do we need Pastore for? If he is leaving PSG owing to lack of regular football, the Emirates isn’t the place to come. Another likely destination is Chelsea. Well, he could find a home there. With Mata’s future in limbo, he could be seen as a decent replacement for him. Arsenal don’t need another midfielder, what we need is a striker and Pastore is not one.