Reports have suggested that the Gunners were prepared to activate the Argentine international’s release clause, said to be worth €37million (£32.8m), but speaking at a news conference to announce the signing of Carlos Tevez, Angelici said:
“For the moment, we have not received any proposal, formally or informally. For now, they are all rumours, as always, just comments in the corridors. But I know very well what I said to Cristian when we renewed his contract.”
“I am not going to cut off his career, but we made him a nice contract so that he would be comfortable. We put a release clause in the contract just in case clubs like this appear. It’s then the player who has the last word.”
Pavon has been in excellent form, having scored three goals and provided six assists in just 12 Primeira Division appearances since the start of the season.
The midfielder’s displays were rewarded when he was given his first senior cap for Argentina back in November. The 21 year old came off the bench to make his debut in a 1-0 friendly win against Russia. He was then given his first start a few days later in a 4-2 defeat to Nigeria.
As Angelici mentions, Pavon only signed a new contract very recently back in August, and it is likely that any team will have to meet the player’s buyout clause if they want sign the winger.