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Jul 30, 2011

PSG tight-lipped over Pastore

Paris St Germain boss Antoine Kombouare refused to be drawn on reports the club were on the brink of making Javier Pastore their latest big-money signing.

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• Palermo reveal €50m Pastore bid

PSG have embarked on a summer spending spree since the Qatar Investment Authority bought a controlling stake in the club almost two months ago.

Six new players have arrived at the Parc de Princes, with Salvatore Sirigu and Mohamed Sissoko officially unveiled on Friday as the latest of them.

Sporting director Leonardo has described recruitment as "ongoing". But Kombouare tonight swatted away questions about Sirigu's former Palermo team-mate Pastore, who is reportedly on the verge of a £40 million move.

"I didn't see Pastore in the Parc de Princes signing a contract," Kombouare said of the playmaker, who has also been strongly linked with Chelsea.

"If a contract is not signed, people can say whatever they want. I cannot spent my time confirming or refuting those allegations today."

Kombouare was reluctant to discuss transfers at all, saying: "I do not talk about recruits and recruitment and transfers. I work with the players I have today and we will see tomorrow."

"I'm going to have excellent problems. We all know we're very lucky to be at PSG today, with the money we have to recruit the players we want."

PSG are in London ahead of their Emirates Cup matches against New York Red Bulls on Saturday and Boca Juniors on Sunday.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger earlier dubbed them "the Manchester City of France" and Kombouare acknowledge that, like City, qualification for the Champions League was a "minimum" requirement.

"Because of last season where we finished in fourth place, now we want to reach a higher rank," he said. "When you are in Paris, you always have the pressure.

"Of course, the investment made for PSG gives us more responsibilities, but most of all, we're a top, favourite team now, and we have to be at the top of the league. We are one of the favourites in the French championship.

"I hope we will be able to answer the expectation on PSG but we are willing to work hard and do good with the team we're having."

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