In Focus: Pastore turns down Liverpool move

According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Paris Saint-Germain attacker Javier Pastore has turned down the chance to join Liverpool.

What’s the story?

Pastore, who is valued at £16.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is widely expected to leave PSG this month after seven years with the French outfit.

The Argentine has scored five times in 19 appearances in all competitions during the 2017-18 campaign, but his time in Paris looks to be coming to an end.

According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Liverpool made an offer of between £22m and £35m for the 28-year-old.

Pastore, however, was not said to be interested in the move as he wants to return to Serie A.

Inter Milan are believed to be the favourites for Pastore, and the Italian side could step up their interest after allowing Portugal international Joao Mario to join West Ham United.

Do Liverpool need another attacker?

Having sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona earlier this month, it is not a surprise that Liverpool are being linked with a move for a number of attackers.

Leicester City’s Riyad Marrez was believed to be on the club’s radar, but talk of a deal for the Algerian international has gone cold over the last week or so.

Pastore would have been perfect, with the Argentine a classy performer who is capable of operating in a number of positions in the final third of the field.

Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Swansea City on Monday night showed that Jurgen Klopp’s side are still far from the full package, and fresh blood is needed in order to challenge for titles.

Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, meanwhile, now looks set to stay at the Ligue 1 champions until at least the end of the season in what is another blow to Liverpool.

The January transfer window closes next week, and Liverpool fans will be hoping that their club has something up its sleeve.