With the World Cup fast approaching, Argentine Pastore is desperate for more playing time, but he has slipped down the PSG pecking order.
When Brazilian star Neymar arrived in the summer, Pastore diplomatically handed over his No.10 shirt to the world’s most expensive player – and also lost his place in the team.
“I want Javier Pastore to stay here with us. It’s better for the team,” Emery said on Monday of the player that club captain Thiago Silva accused of angling for a way out by returning late from the winter break.
Emery acknowledged that Pastore may be keen on a move.
“I’ve spoken to him a great deal. What he says outside to others is something else, that’s his responsibility,” the Spanish coach said.
“Pastore is a great player. When he’s fit he’s an important element here.
“My opinion is that I want him to stay. But then it’s up to him to see what he wants for himself.
“With the World Cup (coming up), all players want to play more.”
Possessing sublime skills but with a tendency to disappear from games, Pastore has played 17 times in all competitions this season for PSG but featured only twice in 2017 for Argentina.
And he has left little doubt as to what his intentions are.
“I need to play much, much more and try and get to the World Cup,” he said on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio said on Sunday he had a “feeling” for Pastore.
“We will do everything to take Emre Can,” Marotta told RMC Sport of the 24-year-old defensive midfielder, whose contract expires in June 2018.
“We’ve made the first contacts with his entourage, but it does not mean achieving our goal.
“It will not be easy because Liverpool themselves will try to renew the contract, without forgetting the alternative possibility that other top European clubs will try to reach agreement with him. But I repeat our attempt will be made with every effort possible.”
Marotta expressed satisfaction that Juventus were on target for a seventh straight Serie A title as they sit just one point behind leaders Napoli.
“We’re now in the intermediary stage of the season, we are sailing in optimum position to achieve all the objectives we have set out.
“The aim is to go all the way in all competitions, to continue on this path in the league, beat Tottenham in the Champions League and Atalanta in the Italian Cup.”
Juventus play Atalanta in the Italian Cup semi-final, first leg on Tuesday and English side Tottenham in the Champions league last-16 first leg on February 13.
Aymeric Laporte is in Manchester to finalise his move to Manchester City, according to the BBC.
The Athletic Bilbao defender is poised to complete a transfer to England, with the Blues reported to have triggered a £57million release clause in his contract.
The 23-year-old would provide depth at centre-back for City boss Pep Guardiola, whose spending on defenders since last season would reach £190million if Laporte signs.
The Bundesliga side are said to want around £60million for the 28-year-old.
The 36-year-old is currently injured and trying to force his way back into United boss Jose Mourinho‘s plans, but speculation has surfaced that he could move Stateside to round off his glittering career.
An LA Galaxy source told the BBC though that it was nothing more than “rumours at present”.
Leonardo Ulloa has returned to Brighton on loan until the end of the season from Leicester.
The Argentinian forward returns to the south coast club after three-and-a-half-years with the Foxes.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton said: “We’re delighted to welcome Leo back to the club. He’s scored goals at Premier League level and will further strengthen our attacking options.”
Antonio Conte says Chelsea need Michy Batshuayi, even if the Blues sign another striker.
Batshuayi scored twice in Sunday’s 3-0 FA Cup fourth-round win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have been linked with Roma’s Edin Dzeko and Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, while Batshuayi has been the subject of speculation of a loan move to Sevilla and elsewhere.
Conte said: “If you see our squad, we don’t have three, four, five strikers. We have two strikers: (Alvaro) Morata and Batshuayi.
“When you have to play league, Champions League, then FA Cup. If we have also three strikers I think that’s the minimum.
“It doesn’t mean if we take another player Michy has to go on loan, because we have a lot of competitions.”
Sky also reported on Monday morning that Blues forward Charly Musonda had arrived in Glasgow ahead of a proposed loan move to Celtic.