LA Galaxy Among Clubs Interested in AS Roma’s Javier Pastore

Javier Pastore with Roma in 2019. Photo by Marco Iacobucci/IPA/Shutterstock (10457941k)

AS Roma’s attacking midfielder Javier Pastore is linked with a move to MLS. According to Italian media outlet Corriere Dello Sport, Pastore might be on the move this summer and LA Galaxy emerged as one of the possible destinations.

Galaxy’s head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto is believed to be a big fan of the player and is reportedly pushing for the club to make a move for Pastore. However, the transfer won’t be easy to pull off as the MLS side is facing competition from several other clubs, including Zenit St. Petersburg.

Some earlier reports also mentioned Seattle Sounders as Pastore’s possible suitors, but it appears that their interest has gone cold lately.

Galaxy would have to make a substantial financial commitment to lure Pastore to the United States. This includes offering him a designated player-type of salary while also having to pay a transfer fee considering that the 31-year-old player is under contract until 2023. According to reports, Roma will ask around $12 million for the player.

Javier Pastore arrived at Roma in 2018 in a $30 million transfer from French champions Paris Saint Germain. Despite the big fee, Pastore never managed to establish himself as a starter, making only 32 appearances and scoring four goals in the past two seasons.