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Chelsea set to launch January bid for Argentine international as Antonio Conte eyes attacking reinforcements

Chelsea are reportedly set to try and sign Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder Javier Pastore in the January transfer window.

The 27-year-old moved to the French capital in 2011, and has gone on to make 150 Ligue 1 appearances for the club while scoring 25 goals and providing 37 assists.

While the Argentine international has always been highly-rated, some will argue that he hasn’t reached the heights that many expected of him during his time at Palermo.

Having now fallen to a bit-part role under Unai Emery so far this season, Get French Football News report that Antonio Conte will try to tempt PSG to cash in and allow him to move to Stamford Bridge.

Injuries have also been a problem for Pastore so far this season, but ultimately he’s struggling to fit into the coach’s plans tactically too, and so perhaps a move elsewhere would be the most suitable decision for both parties.

It’s claimed in the report that Conte has been keen on signing the attacking ace since the summer, and that he may well face competition with Pastore having already received a big-money offer from the Chinese Super League with so many of Europe’s top stars making the move to the Far East already.

Nevertheless, Chelsea will be hoping that they can convince him to make the switch to England instead, and although Conte has various options in that department already, it appears as though Pastore forms a part of his future plans for the club.

The former Palermo star’s desire is to remain in Paris and prove his worth to Emery, according to the report, but perhaps it would wise be to consider his options if he isn’t going to feature regularly on his return from a calf injury.

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