Chelsea and Liverpool Lead Pastore Race

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Paris St Germain‘s fire sale is underway and one of the first to leave the scene is 28-year-old Javier Pastore, according to talkSPORT.

The Argentine international’s availability alerted Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool with both clubs readying bids. With PSG reportedly seeking a fee of only €26m, an intense fight for Pastore’s services is expected.

It’s also claimed Inter Milan’s interest in Pastore is genuine, with the Nerazzurri prepared to enter the fray.

Pastore joined PSG from Palermo in 2011. With 236 appearances for the club to his name, is currently the longest-serving member of Les Parisiens squad following the departure of Blaise Matuidi to Juventus in the summer.

Both Premier League clubs are desperate to strengthen their respective midfield with Liverpool also looking to replace Barcelona-bound Philippe Coutinho, 25. With 50 assists and 42 goals in his time in the French capital, Pastore fits that bill perfectly.

With the deal to bring 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe to the Parc de Princes being treated by UEFA as permanent for Financial Fair Play regulations, PSG are desperate to both reduce their wage bill and generate transfer income.

For Pastore, it’s an anti-climatic end to his Ligue Un career. No longer a first choice selection, he is keen to find regular action to ensure he doesn’t miss out on next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.