Hayden wrote:If they were serious (don’t laugh) about signing Pastore, did they really think he’d just drop his wage demands when he’s still under contract?
I know he probably wants to earn as much money for him and his family as he can but why wouldn’t he drop £100k a week to join a team who were fighting off relegation for a large part of last season?!
Players in the last years of a contract who are close to 30 often take a wage cut to get to a club where they'll see the pitch. Remember he'll get 3-4 more years at whatever the new wage is. 4 years at £130,000 a week is often better than 1 year at £170,000 a week where you waste away in the substitutes and lower your value on the next contract. Taking less for the first year to lock in the next 3-4 is a pretty common situation with players moving out of their prime.
Pastore asking for a raise to sign tells me he doesn't want to be here, he's trying to ensure we don't sign him by making a huge wage demand.
Overall I'd move on. He's a good player, but he'll be 29 next season and into his decline, and £190,000 would not only be a massive overpay it would destroy the wage structure and we'd have a number of unhappy players looking for raises.