The Chelsea and Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their sides can go from strength to strength after the international break and catch Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Antonio Conte’s title-defence has not begun as poorly as Jose Mourinho’s did two years ago, but three defeats from the Blues’ opening 11 matches is not the type of form the Italian would have envisaged prior to the campaign. On the other hand, Jurgen Klopp will be content with his side’s efforts so far, but he will be hoping he can install some consistency into the Reds that has prevented them from mounting a title challenge in recent years.
The upcoming January transfer window will lend both managers an opportunity to bring fresh talent to their squad in a final push to achieve their aims for the season. And according to L’Equipe (via talkSPORT), both sides are in competition to land the signing of Javier Pastore from Paris Saint-Germain in the mid-season window.
It’s been reported that the highly-regarded Argentinian could be available for as little as £18 million – however, despite the apparent bargain price, both clubs should urge on the side of caution before attempting to lure Pastore away from Paris.
Pastore’s record at PSG certainly speaks for itself.
During his six-year spell in the French capital, he has mustered up 42 goals and 56 assists from 240 appearances, but his ability to influence the game seems to have diminished as his career at the club has progressed.
Pastore has struggled for a regular run of matches in the past two seasons due to various injury problems and strong competition within the club. Last season, he managed 15 Ligue 1 appearances and only 16 in the previous season.
Thus, although the 28-year-old would undoubtedly bring quality to the Premier League at a price well below his true value, his problems with injury cannot be ignored.
Subsequently, both Conte and Klopp, in conjunction with Roman Abramovich and FSG respectively, should look further afield from Pastore and consider targets in January who have regularly proven their fitness in a top European league.
Chelsea and Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!