‘One of the Worst Transfers’ – Roma President Shares Regret for Acquiring Former PSG Midfielder

One of the first significant purchases of the Qatar Sports Investment era at Paris Saint-Germain was Javier Pastore. The Argentina international spent seven seasons with the French capital, where he made 269 appearances, scored 45 goals, and registered 61 assists.

With the Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé era beginning to take flight, and the French giants needing to comply with Financial Fair Play, there was no room for Pastore. As a result, El Flaco departed in 2018 for AS Roma. 

However, the Italian club’s current president James Pallotta stated in an interview with Corriere dello Sport that paying €24-million for Pastore was a mistake. Furthermore, Pallotta adds that he wanted Hakim Ziyech but former sporting director Monchi for the awful deal. 

“Pastore? One of the worst transfers of the Monchi era,” Pallotta said. “I paid dearly for his choices; I should never have trusted him. I wanted Ziyech. It is a documented fact. But Monchi didn’t like the player during the World Cup, so he decided not to take him to Rome.”

Pastore has only made 32 appearances and scored four goals with three assists. However, during the 2020-21 season, the 31-year-old has yet to appear for Roma. Furthermore, Pastore is under contract until 2023, so it was a good deal for PSG to offload him to Roma. 

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