Transfer news: Javier Pastore wanted by Real Madrid

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Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore is being targeted by Real Madrid following his excellent performances in Ligue 1 this term.

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El Mundo Deportivo have reported that Los Merengues have identified the attacking midfielder as a potentially interesting addition to their already brimming stable of talented offensive players.

Despite being able to call on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, the club—and former PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti–reportedly believe that Pastore would be able to bring something different to their roster.

The former Palermo star hasn’t always found the going easy in Ligue 1.

He arrived in 2011 amidst great fanfare and has taken several seasons to begin to live up to both the hype and the reported €39.8 million transfer fee.

The 25-year-old, whose contract comes to an end in 2016, is not yet an undisputed first choice at the Parc des Princes, but he has made some valuable contributes this season as Laurent Blanc’s side attempt to retain their French title.

He has scored three goals and delivered seven assists for his teammates in Ligue 1 so far this term.

Pastore was also one of the stars of the recently-concluded international break.

With Lionel Messi absent, it was the PSG man who dragged the Albiceleste to victory against Ecuador on Tuesday evening, scoring once and contributing an assist as Gerardo Martino’s side won 2-1.

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