Roma rolling the dice on Pastore


After four and a half years at the club, Radja Nainggolan is ready to salute the Eternal City and move to Inter to reunite with former Roma and current Nerazzurri manager Luciano Spalletti. The Giallorossi will earn €24 million plus Davide Santon and highly rated youngster Nicole Zaniolo from the sale of the Belgian, who was arguably one of the most important players over the last few seasons.

With the departure of the former Cagliari man, Eusebio Di Francesco will have a major hole to fill in the midfield and all signs point to Javier Pastore as the man tabbed to be his replacement. The PSG midfielder, who recently turned 29 years old, is ready to return to Serie A after nearly seven years. The review of Pastore time certainly comes as a mixed bag, while he did shine at times, injuries and a lack of form hampered the latter stages of his tenure with the French club.

Roma will certainly be hoping that Pastore can rediscover the form of the young starlet who dazzled during his time at Palermo, where he helped the Sicilian side earn a Europa League spot after the 2010/2011 season. It‘s certainly a gamble on Roma’s part, however, given Pastore’s injury history with the French side but perhaps a less physical and more tactical Serie A could just be what the Argentinian needs to return to a top level.

Pastore will certainly be given an important attacking role in Eusebio Di Francesco’s preferred 4-3-3 formation and will be given plenty of license to venture forward to try and create goals. The Giallorossi appear ready to take a chance on Pastore and will hope El Flaco can help the team reach new heights after a successful first season under the former Sassuolo tactician.

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