Paris Saint-Germain are looking to tie Javier Pastore down to a new contract in order to dissuade Real Madrid and Juventus from moving for the player.
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The Argentine playmaker has only a year left on his contract at the Parc des Princes, and the PSG hierarchy are growing increasingly keen to secure the player’s future.
According to Le Parisien, the club are optimistic that a deal will be reached with Pastore on Friday.
Should the parties fail to arrive at an accord, then there is the risk that one or two of the player’s major admirers across Europe will begin to heighten their transfer intentions.
Real Madrid are believed to be interested in the playmaker, while Juventus are considering a bid to bring Pastore—who previously played for Palermo—back to Serie A.
Should contract discussions fail to reach a conclusion on Friday, the French source is confident that an agreement will be reached on Saturday at the latest.
“Having been put on standby for months, discussions have resumed with the player’s agent Marcelo Simonian over recent days,” began Le Parisien.
Pastore was signed by PSG for €42 million in 2011, and is expected to be well rewarded for his loyalty with a significant wage rise and another contract, expected to last for at least four years.