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By ESPN Staff
Jun 28, 2011

Palermo rule out Amauri return

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has ruled out a summer move for former striker Amauri on financial grounds.

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Reports had suggested Palermo were looking to bring Amauri, 31, back to the Stadio Renzo Barbera from Juventus, but Zamparini believes his wages will prove a stumbling block.

"Amauri is one of the strongest forwards that we have in Italy," Zamparini told Gazzetta dello Sport, "but we cannot sign him because his wages are too much.

"If he cut his salary to €1 million per year, I would sign him immediately, but he earns €4 million and Palermo cannot afford those figures."

The Italy international, who has 12 months left on his Juve deal, spent the second half of last season on loan at Parma, scoring an impressive seven goals in 11 games.

He moved from Palermo to Juve in 2008 for a reported fee of €22 million.


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