Palermo patron Maurizio Zamparini claims he “already received a €50m offer for Javier Pastore,” so rules Napoli out of his future.
Reports this week suggested the Vesuviani were interested in snapping up ‘El Flaco' to boost their squad for the Champions League.
“Javier is out of Napoli's reach,” Zamparini told Radio Kiss Kiss.
“Besides, I have already received a €50m offer for Pastore and still have to give an answer. If I were Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, I wouldn't sign him for that price.”
Although the Rosanero chief doesn't clarify who made this bid for Pastore, the player has been heavily linked with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Palermo have lost five on the bounce and go head-to-head with Serie A leaders Milan on Saturday.
“I was in Naples yesterday and everyone was very affectionate, telling me to beat Milan so that Napoli can close in on the top spot.
“We are coming from a difficult time, I spoke to my players and asked them to face Milan without pressure, just as Bari did at San Siro last week.
“Napoli are performing miracles and if the two Milanese clubs slip up, then the title race could get very interesting.”
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