Danish defender Simon Kjaer and his fellow club mate Edinson Cavani are set to leave Palermo this summer. Palermo had an impressive 2009/2010 Serie A campaign where they missed out on a Champions League spot to rivals Sampdoria.
Drawing interest form a number of top European clubs, Palermo chief Maurizio Zamparini has finally conceded that the pair will no longer be part of their plans in the new season.
Zamparini went further to say that Palermo will milk their sales for all their worth.
“There have been a couple of imporant offers for Kjaer and we are discussing them. I will speak to the player. Kjaer’s value is between €15 and 20 million,”
“I know there have been talks with Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Wolfsburg, but I don’t know about Inter. I have not spoken with them.
“I think that both Cavani and Kjaer will end up leaving.
“Cavani wants to be sold, he wants another club and so we will not stop him.”
Apparently Kjaer and Cavani are not the only players on the radar of Europe’s top clubs. Spanish giants Real Madrid made an astonishing 25 million Euro offer for Palermo’s gifted midfielder Javier Pastore which however, was quickly rejected by Zamparini.
“Real had made a €25m offer, but I rejected it. I hope Pastore can stay with us for at least two more years,” he added.
“In future it will be hard to keep him at Palermo. But for now he is not for sale at any price.”
With such crucial players on the way out, it remains to be seen whether Palermo will be a force to reckon with in the new season.
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