£17m Liverpool target snubs Serie A return

Javier Pastore has rubbished reports that he is set for a January return to Serie A.

The Argentine has struggled to hold down a first team place as Paris Saint-Germain this season, starting just seven times in Ligue 1 and making only a single Champions League appearance off of the bench.

His renown in Italy remains high as burst onto the European scene with Palermo before departing for the French capital to the tune of £35 million in August 2011.

And undefeated Roma have reportedly been keen to seize on his current situation via a loan deal in the winter transfer window through transfer guru Walter Sabatini, who originally brought the midfielder to the peninsula in his one-time role with Pastore’s Sicilian former employers.

However, the 24-year-old, also known to be of interest to Liverpool and Lyon, has strongly stated that he won’t be gracing Serie A with his presence once more come the new year, maintaining that he’ll remain at the Parc des Princes amidst rumours abounding in connection to a recent trip to Rome.

“All of the whispers about my exit are incorrect and far from the truth,” he adamantly told reporters.

“As I have said before, I was the first to sign for this club and I will be the last one to leave.

“I’m not returning to Italian football. I only go back to the country to see friends, nothing more.

“I did spend two days in Rome with my wife, but I’m staying in Paris.”

Pastore only directly addressed a potential return to Serie A in refuting talk of a move away from PSG, but seemingly ruled out making the switch to England with Liverpool in the same breath.

Talk Sport had previously tipped the Reds for a £17 million bid for his services in an effort to reinforce the squad for the charge for Champions League football down the stretch, yet with the former Palermo man’s latest words, it seems unlikely he’d agree to depart for Anfield, even if the nouveau-riche Parisiens would be willing to take a massive loss on his purchase two years ago.

Still Pastore will be wary of missing out on significant playing time at the club level in a World Cup year, and players reneging on promises to stay amidst competition for minutes certainly isn’t a phenomenon before unseen.

Brendan Rodgers’ outfit would certainly have to come in with a bigger offer to pry away the Argentina international, whilst Roma may also continue their pursuit even in being publicly rebuffed by the Cordoba native, given that PSG would need an incentive to push a player out of the door that by his own proclamation is intent to stay.

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