New West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has suffered a double blow in his bid to bring Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder Javier Pastore with the club, with Sky Sports reporting that they are unwilling to meet the 29-cap Argentina international’s wage demands, while Italian media outlet Calciomercato report that Napoli also want the 28-year-old.
Well, Sky Sports report that Pellegrini, whom fans on Twitter want to splash out a club-record fee to sign another midfielder for the club, wants to bring the attacker to the London Stadium to boost his side ahead of next season, and while they have baulked at Pastore’s financial demands, they are still locked in talks to try and sort out a deal.
However, Calciomercato say that the Argentine, who has been with the Ligue 1 champions since 2011, could be set for a return to Italy instead having played for Palermo previously, with Carlo Ancelotti ready to sign him for Napoli.
It was a difficult campaign for the 28-year-old, who struggled to establish himself as a key first-team starter under former boss Unai Emery following the arrival of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at the Parc des Princes last summer.
While he didn’t make the XI on too many occasions, he still featured in 37 matches in all competitions, scoring five goals and providing a further six assists for the Ligue 1 giants.
It looks increasingly likely that a deal will soon be dead in the water.
A move going through first of all relies on the Argentina international significantly reducing the wages that he wants to join the Irons, with the east London outfit unlikely to go anywhere near the £190,000-a-week contract that he wants.
Meanwhile, the reported interest from Napoli is another huge spanner in the works, seeing as the Italian club would be able to offer the 28-year-old Champions League football – West Ham can’t even give him European football next term.