Sampdoria rule out Giampaolo Pazzini sale

Sampdoria general director Giuseppe Marotta insists star striker Giampaolo Pazzini is not for sale, amid reports linking the Italian with a move to Chelsea. The 25-year-old netted 11 league goals in just 18 appearances last season after arriving in January from Fiorentina, for whom he scored 25 times in Serie A. As a result, Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has been tipped to make an €18 million move for the in-form front-man to bolster his forward line of Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou and Daniel Sturridge. However, Blucerchiati  chief Marotta has since stated that the Italian international - who scored a hat-trick for the U21s in the first competitive encounter at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium against England - is going nowhere. "No offer came in for Pazzini," he told Secolo XIX. "If one arrives in the next few hours, we won't consider it."

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