Javier Pastore has long been linked with a move to the Premier League. During the Argentine playmaker’s inconsistent time in the French capital, he has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United, but perhaps it’s the side from Anfield that would be the only club still interested.
Any future move depends on Pastore’s upturn in form. His performances this season have caught the eye of national team coach Gerardo Martino and the former Palermo midfielder has been called up for the upcoming friendlies against Brazil in Beijing and against Hong Kong.
His recall, at the expense of teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi is testament to the way he has been playing this season. In the opening four weeks it was hard to think of a Paris Saint-Germain player that had performed better than El Flaco.
Showing versatility, he has played in the playmaker role, a little deeper in the centre of midfield and very likely he will play on the wings as PSG travel to SM Caen on Wednesday night.
This is a huge chance for Pastore. When asked if he would consider a move to the Premier League, he said he didn’t want to leave Paris until he had helped his side lift the Champions League. That may be a bit of a reach and the club could sell him on before he gets the chance.
In the same interview he also said that he found it difficult to play in the No.10 role with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the team playing in the same positions that he would like to take up during games.
Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of Wednesday night’s game at Caen, so with Cavani taking up the more natural No. 9 positions, Pastore will be allowed to drift and create from the more natural central positions.
Premier League fans will be interested to see his progress, and clubs will always show an interest due to his reputation and obvious talents. Clubs will believe they can get the best out of him and Brendan Rodgers could be that man.
Against West Ham United, Raheem Sterling played behind the front two, Pastore could play that role and allow Sterling to go wide or upfront. Pastore could also play beside Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard.
Any move will depend on how the rest of Pastore’s season goes and what certain clubs need to bolster their squads for the next campaign. However, if Pastore has a fantastic season, it will be hard to stop the Premier League interest.