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Palermo give up on Chelsea target Pastore

Javier Pastore is edging closer and closer to a Palermo departure after club president Maurizio Zamparini said he 'gives up' on the Argentine. Zamparini insists that Pastore, who has emerged as a strong target for Chelsea, is on his way out at Palermo and says it has gotten to a stage where he will not try to make him stay.

"I give up on Pastore," Zamparini said to 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."

And Zamparini is now adding up how much he could get for the playmaker who he purchased from Huracan in 2009.

"There are big clubs that want him," added Zamparini. "We are talking about one of the top talents in current football and I will not sell him on the cheap.

"I paid €19million for him when he was 18."

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