Friday, 29 July 2011

Pastore the icing on PSG's costly cake

Pastore doing his thing

Last night news began to spread that the unthinkable had happened, namely that PSG had secured the signing of Palermo's Javier Pastore.

The prospect of one of world football's most in-demand young talents pitching up at the Parc to spearhead the new era is an exciting one. It would also be a signal of intent that QSI mean business, attracting a star player from a more prestigious competition (Serie A) and from under the noses of a more established club (Chelsea). It would be, in the words of AFP's French football man Tom Williams, a game-changer.

Twenty four hours on, the only problem is nothing has been firmed up yet. There has been talk of, er, talks in London today with PSG officials and Pastore's agent, but perhaps unsurprisingly Antoine Kombouare was coy when asked about the player earlier today.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the weekend's Emirates Cup tournament, AK said: "I didn't see Pastore at the Parc de Princes signing a contract.

"If a contract is not signed, people can say whatever they want. I cannot spend my time confirming or refuting those allegations."

It's bad form to comment on a transfer which isn't complete yet, especially when the player in question is going to cost you a reported €42million, so you would hope everything is being tied up behind the scenes. But the sceptical fan in me wonders whether the story that Pastore and PSG had reached an accord was a tactic by someone involved in transfer (I'm looking at you Pastore's Mr 10%) to give Chelsea and/or other big clubs a kick up the ass.

We shall see, but with the confirmed signings of Salvatore Sirigu and Momo Sissoko (profiles to follow), the squad is start to have a formidable look about it. Pastore would be the expensive icing on what is an already potentially tasty cake.


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