Liverpool warned summer move for want-away PSG star will be difficult

Date published: Thursday 1st February 2018 11:16

Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has revealed how Paris Saint-Germain’s demands wrecked their move for Javier Pastore.

The Argentinian was linked with moves to Liverpool and Tottenham, with Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio last week claiming both clubs were turned down after offering loans with a view to permanent transfers totalling between €25million-€40million.

The 28-year-old though was only willing to consider offers from Italy, where he spent time prior to joining PSG at Palermo.

Pastore’s contract expires in June 2019 and after making just eight Ligue 1 starts this season he was looking to move on to revive his World Cup hopes.

The playmaker is more than likely to be on the lookout for a move in the summer, but Liverpool and Spurs have been warned by Inter that any prospective deal will be difficult.

The Nerazzurri were in for Pastore, but Ausilio has revealed how talks never proceeded beyond an initial enquiry.

“The conditions weren’t there – they never were – and there were never any negotiations,” Ausilio told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “With this, I am not doubting the quality of the player, but as soon as our request of a loan did not meet the expectations of PSG, it was clear that there was no basis for negotiations, and I’d said this in recent days already.

“We’ve done all we could –we’ve brought in a central defender to complete that area of our squad and we’ve signed an outstanding midfielder who is going to be useful to the cause. We favoured the departure of certain players [Joao Mario and Yuto Nagatomo left on loan] who lightened our wage burden and brought in some money.”

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