PSG beat Chelsea to Pastore
Chelsea appear to have lost out in their pursuit of Javier Pastore after the Argentina midfielder indicated that he was close to finalising a deal to join Paris St Germain.
Pastore revealed that he will undergo a medical at the French club as he looks to complete the final details on a deal reportedly worth £37million. The news is set to come as a blow to Chelsea and new boss Andre Villas-Boas as he seeks to add to his squad ahead of his first season in charge.
"You can officially say that I will be a Paris St Germain player, although I still need to do the medical and review some details," Pastore wrote on his official website, www.pastorejavier.com. "I want to be a part of Paris St Germain, which is a great club with a great history."
The Portuguese has been selective in his transfer dealings so far this summer but has apparently identified the need for a creative midfielder after having two bids for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric turned down.
Pastore's confirmed move to PSG could therefore precipitate a third bid for Modric, after the club revealed at the weekend that they would weigh up whether to make another offer for the Croatian this week.
Should Pastore complete his move he will be the latest name to join PSG during a rich summer of spending since the Qatar Investment Authority bought a controlling stake in the capital club almost two months ago.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been moved to describe PSG as the "Manchester City of France" after they lured AC Milan boss Leonardo to take over as sporting director before reeling off a host of new signings to challenge for the Ligue 1 title.
Pastore, who spent the past two seasons at Palermo, is arguably the most significant so far and he the 22-year-old admitted he had been swayed by the ambition of the club.
"Marcelo (Simonian, his agent) and I were talking about this. I care very much about the sporting project, that is why. I talk about it a lot," he added.
"I am very eager to begin this new phase. They explained the project and immediately seduced me to the challenge."