Transfer News: Liverpool and Chelsea Battle For Wantaway Paris Saint-Germain Star

Both Liverpool and Chelsea are looking to pounce on the news that Javier Pastore looks set to leave Paris Saint-Germain in January after falling out of favor, according to reports.

The arrival of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to PSG in the summer for what will be a combined total of £360 million (about $476 million)–Mbappe is on loan with a fee agreed for next summer–has seen Pastore’s playing time become limited.

Since the arrival of Neymar, the Argentine has started just one game, a 3-0 win over St-Etienne on August 25, and since then he hasn’t even featured for Unai Emery’s team.

So there is a belief that he will be available to buy in January for a bargain price of £26 million, with Chelsea and Liverpool joined by Inter Milan in the race to sign him, according to TalkSport.

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The 28-year-old has been in the French capital since 2011, when he signed from Palermo. Pastore has scored 27 goals in 131 appearances, including two this season that showed the quality he has to any potential suitors.

 

 

Both Chelsea and Liverpool have fallen behind in the Premier League title race early on. With defeats to Burnley and Manchester City, Antonio Conte’s team is fourth and six points behind leaders City and Manchester United.

Conte, whose future at Stamford Bridge is less than certain, was unhappy with Chelsea’s failure to make more signings in the summer; this may be an opportunity to remedy that.

Liverpool, meanwhile, is only seventh in the table after a slow start to the season. Defensive failures have seen Jurgen Klopp’s side draw three times in seven games and lose once, now seven points behind the leaders.

Both teams will be looking to January, and possibly to Paris.

Conte and Klopp Antonio Conte, left, at Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, September 11, 2016, and Jurgen Klopp at Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, October 1, 2016. Alex Livesey/Getty and Julian Finney/Getty

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