Javier Pastore cost Paris Saint-Germain €42 million in the summer of 2011 and despite his impressive start to life in Paris, he hasn’t quite hit the heights that the capital club would have hoped.
He has been linked with moves to Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United since, and after spending most of his time in Paris labelled a failure, his 92nd minutes goal on Wednesday night that sealed PSG’s 3-1 win could have finally repaid his extravagant transfer fee with one swing of his left boot
PSG will still look to sell the player this summer, and his goal against Chelsea could make it a much easier proposition.
Since the start of the New Year Pastore has been playing better and his reputation is improving, the solo goal against Chelsea will enhance it even further.
For Manchester United fans, they may want to monitor the progress of Pastore this season, not because Moyes – or whoever is in charge – will make a move for him, but it could determine who United can target this summer.
PSG have been linked with moves for both Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Roma’s Miralem Pjanic. If Juventus dig their heels in and ask for a ridiculous price for Pogba, it could lead PSG to lean more towards Pjanic as their big summer signing.
With Roma boss, Rudi Garcia, apparently interested in a move for Pastore, it could open the window for a swap + cash deal.
That would of course remove PSG from the Paul Pogba market and give Manchester United an increased chance to re-sign their former players. Not saying that it’ll happen, but it can’t hurt to have PSG out of the running as they are definitely more likely to secure Pogba’s signature in a straight fight.
Helping PSG reach the semi-finals of the Champions League will help Javier Pastore repay some of the huge fee that the French club spent on the Argentine, but it could just be that any improvement in form could help their rivals make a bid for one of their main summer targets.