Cagliari president Massimo Cellino has told AC Milan and Everton to forget about Davide Astori, saying the Italy defender and Radja Nainggolan will not be going anywhere.
Astori had become the focus of a late bid from the Rossoneri while Everton were understood to be preparing an offer for the 26-year-old in the event of a deal being struck with Manchester United for Leighton Baines.
Both have been told they would be wasting their time even picking up the phone by Cellino, who says he owes it to his club’s fans to keep hold of their best players.
“Astori and Nainggolan are not going anywhere,” Cellino said in a statement on his club’s official website. “I don’t want to upset our fans.”
Nainggolan had been linked with a move to Juventus after Inter Milan dropped their interest in the Belgian midfielder, who had also been on Napoli's radar this summer.
With the route to Astori blocked, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has called it a day.