Palermo cool Balotelli talk

Image: Balotelli: Would be keen to play for Palermo, but Zamparini has ruled out making a bid for the striker

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has ruled out making a bid for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

Zamparini says City striker is out of his club's league

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has ruled out making a bid for Mario Balotelli after the Manchester City striker suggested he would be keen to play for the Italian club. Balotelli is regularly linked with a return to Serie A following a fitful 12 months at City after his arrival from Inter Milan last summer. He has been an unused substitute in City's opening two Premier League games this season, with the capture of Sergio Aguero increasing the competition for places. The 21-year-old was born in Palermo and was quoted as saying in Gazzetta dello Sport: "You know where I'd like to play? Palermo. I'd love to go there. It's a nice place, and it's sunny."

Problems

Palermo's finances have been boosted by the sale of Argentinian playmaker Javier Pastore to Paris St Germain, but even so, Zamparini thinks Balotelli is out of their league. "But if we sold (Javier) Pastore over a contract issue, imagine what we'd be taking on with Balotelli," said Zamparini. "Mario is an Inter Milan, AC Milan or Juventus type of player, but even those clubs would have problems finding the kind of money that he gets paid at Manchester City. Let alone Palermo." Zamparini instead said he was focused on signing "at least three players" before the summer transfer window closes. Palermo are reportedly interested in Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino, Uruguayan winger Matias Aguirregaray from Spanish side Terrassa, River Plate striker Lucas Ocampos and Santos midfielder Marcos Arouca.

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