101 goals in 249 games: Boost as Man United told £18m-rated playmaker is available

Manchester United have been boosted by the news that Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore could be available this month, reports Goal.

Brazilian defender Thiago Silva revealed the 28-year-old wanted to leave in the summer, but was forced to stay at the Parc des Princes as the Ligue 1 failed to reach an agreement with a suitor. “Pastore I think he told the club that he wanted to leave, in the end they did not find an agreement,” he said.

Signed from Italian Serie A side Palermo for £37.8m in 2011, the Argentine international has gone on to make 249 appearances, scoring and creating 101 goals. He’s been short of playing time in the last two-and-a-half seasons, however, making just 28 league starts since May 2015.

The lack of minutes has reportedly led Pastore to consider his future, and Manchester United are one club who have been linked with signature for some time. Jose Mourinho could be parting company with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a bid to sign Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, leaving a void for a playmaker to come in.

Pastore is certainly good enough, having contributed 18 goals in those 28 Ligue 1 starts for PSG. The likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani are keeping him out of the first-time, but the South American star is sure to have interest now clubs know he’s potentially available for just £18m.

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