Palermo will not sell Pastore 'on the cheap'

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Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has warned Argentina international Javier Pastore will not be sold on the cheap.

Reports in Argentina claim the highly-rated playmaker has revealed his wish to leave the Sicilian club this summer.

"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."

Pastore, who is under contract with Palermo until June 2015, has attracted interests from top European clubs.

Palermo reportedly turned down an offer for Pastore from Chelsea last month as it did not meet the asking price of €50million.

"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 for him €19million when he was 18."

The 21-year-old joined Palermo in 2009 from Huracan and finished as his team4s leading scorer in Serie A this season with 11 goals.