x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

QPR's Taarabt disappointed over failed transfer move to PSG

The playmaker is disappointed his transfer move from Queens Park Rangers to Paris St Germain has fallen through as PSG has turned their attention to Palmero's Javier Pastore.

Adel Taarabt is disappointed to have seen a proposed move to Paris St-Germain break down.

The Queens Park Rangers playmaker appeared destined to complete a switch to the French capital once PSG made a formal approach.

Discussions were held between the two clubs and Taarabt's representative.

There was, however, to be a twist in the tale, with QPR announcing on Saturday that no agreement had been reached.

They claimed Taarabt would be staying at Loftus Road for the 2010/11 campaign and was fully committed to the Premier League new boys.

The 22 year old sees the matter slightly differently, though, and has aired his frustration at how a lengthy transfer saga has played out.

"I want to go to Paris, but if it is not sorted out this weekend then it won't happen," Taarabt told L'Equipe. "The QPR board are fed up with the situation. This has gone on for two months."

Asked how he feels about having seen a move collapse, Taarabt said: "Of course it is disappointing, because I wanted to come [to Paris St-Germain]. The project interests me a lot.

"In England, I will earn more money, but Paris is the capital of France. If I exploded on to the scene there, it could be extraordinary. It felt like fate would take me to PSG. Paris was a great opportunity."

Paris St-Germain are not staying still and are ready to rival Chelsea for the signature of Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore.

Maurizio Zamparini, the president of the Sicilian club, has told Italian television that PSG are contenders along with Chelsea for the 22 year old's services.

The Parisians, recently taken over by the Qatar Investment Authority, have emerged as big-hitters in the transfer market this summer and Zamparini said it is between them and Chelsea for the Argentina international.

"[PSG sporting director] Leonardo called me and told me he was very interested in Pastore," Zamparini said on SkySport 24.

"On Tuesday, we have a meeting with his agent. PSG and Chelsea are the two teams in the lead on this issue. There are one or two opportunities in Spain, but either way, he will not stay in Italy."

Pastore was instrumental as Palermo finished eighth in Serie A last season and reached the final of the Coppa Italia, in which they lost to Inter Milan.