Palermo snub ‘major’ Blues bid

The highly-rated 21-year-old is being chased by Europe’s biggest

clubs with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, AC Milan and City

all understood to be keen on the young forward. Palermo president

Maurizio Zamparini values his young star at over £40million,

which is why he says he has shunned an offer from Chelsea which

falls short of his valuation. “Chelsea was a club that we had a

major offer from,” Zamparini told Spanish radio station Cadena

Ser. “It did not reach the minimum figure that we set for a player

of his quality. “If somone wants to buy Pastore, the price is

€50 million [£44m]. “There are five or six clubs also

interested, including [Manchester] City and big clubs from Spain

and Italy, but so far there has been nothing from them.” AC Milan

vice-president Adriano Galliani, meanwhile, has dismissed

speculation that Pastore will join the Italian champions this

summer. Galliani said to Gazzetta dello Sport: “Pastore? We are not

interested. “He is a playmaker and we are looking for a left

midfielder.” Galliani also denied recent media reports that

suggested the Italian side are in the hunt for Napoli midfielder

Marek Hamsik. “With regards to Hamsik, I can confirm that we are

not in negotiations, nor will we enter negotiations, to sign him,”

he said.