Serie A side Palermo has ‘given up’ on keeping Javier Pastore, as Chelsea moves close to signing the star, according to the Daily Mirror.
Pastore has a contract with Palermo until 2015, and while Chlesea had an offer turned down for the Argentinian international, president Maurizio Zamparini admits that Chelsea, and a host of other clubs, will probably meet the €50 million asking price placed over the midfielder’s head.
"I give up on Pastore," Zamparini told Sky Italia.
"He speaks more to his agent than he does with me.
"I am not offended. It's logical that, at the most, he would have played one more season at Palermo; but at the same time if he did, he would have more pressure and he wouldn't be the same Pastore we know.”
While Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have made moves in the transfer period so far, Chelsea have been particularly quiet, and with the Blues boasting a huge budget under billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, the club could be taking in the calm before the storm at the moment.
Zamparini insists Pastore won’t move clubs for a cheap fee, with the 21-year-old set for big things in European football.
"There are big clubs that want him," Zamparini said.
"We are talking about one of the top talents in current football and I will not sell him on the cheap.
"I paid €19 million for him when he was 18.”