Throughout this entire transfer saga we could count on one constant. Maurizimo Zamparini was sure to tell us exactly what was going on with the negotiations even if he was a bit fuzzy about the details. While it was slightly irritating, it certainly made sorting the garbage reports from the ones with substance quite a bit easier. During the rumor chaos of the last two days we've been able to be assured of one thing...when something was actually done Zamparini would tell us. According to Sky (and many other sources), Zamparini did just that this morning:
We closed the deal last night (Friday) around midnight. Basically it's the transfer of Pastore to Paris St. Germain based on a €43 million fee
My gut reaction is to be a little disappointed. Pastore is a top quality player, and he's young enough that we'd have gotten several contracts out of him (assuming he didn't bust). He also fills an obvious void in terms of style, although just how pressing a need is debatable. In the coming days I'm sure we'll hear from the player about why exactly he chose Paris over London, but for now I'm sure we'll start to hear plenty of rubbish about Chelsea no longer being a "big" club.
It will also be quite interesting to see the response from the club. I hope that our new management doesn't overreact with a ridiculous bid for Luka Modric as I'm sure we would have in years past. At this point I think the obvious target would be Ganso, as he's a very similar player to Pastore in terms of style, positioning, and age. If we have anywhere close to 43 million euros to spend there really shouldn't be many players who are out of reach.