xciting young Argentina playmaker Javier Pastore has signed a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain from Italian outfit Palermo, becoming the capital club's eighth summer signing in the process...
Following the signatures of Nicolas Douchez (Rennes), Kevin Gameiro (Lorient), Blaise Matuidi (Saint-Etienne), Jérémy Ménez (Roma), Milan Bisevac (Valenciennes), Salvatore Sirigu (Palerme) and Mohamed Sissoko (Juventus), PSG's summer spending continued on Saturday. Argentine international Pastore joins his former Palermo teammate Sirigu in the French capital.
Javier Matias Pastore was born on June 20 1989 in Cordoba, capital of the Argentine province of the same name. The attacking midfielder made his professional debut in the local second division with Talleres. He played five matches in the 2007-08 campaign before transferring to top flight Club Atletico Huracan. Despite making just one appearance in this first season amongst the elite, he truly burst onto the scene the following campaign, playing 30 matches and scoring eight goals.
Italian side US Palermo signed him in the summer of 2009 and he made 34 appearances, scoring three times and laying on a further three assists in his first Serie A season. Pastore built on that firm last term, playing 35 matches, scoring 11 goals and making four assists. A star on the rise, the tall (1.87m, 78kg), elegant midfielder caught the eye of then national team boss Diego Maradona and made his international debut in the 5-0 win over Canada before travelling to the World Cup in South Africa. He now boasts 11 caps and one goal for the Albiceleste.
After days of growing media and supporter speculation about his imminent signature, Javier Pastore has finally signed for PSG and will endeavour to carry on the tradition of great Argentines to have worn Le Rouge et Bleu after the likes of Carlos Bianchi, Gabriel Calderon, Mauricio Pochettino, Gabriel Heinze and Juan Pablo Sorin. He will be officially presented to the media on August 8.