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SOUTHAMPTON pulled off one of the boldest moves on transfer deadline day, persuading Uruguay’s Olympic star Gaston Ramirez to snub Liverpool and Tottenham and head to the South Coast from Bologna.
The Reds are understood to be open to the possibility of allowing their target man to spend a year in Italy, with agreeing a financial package thought to be the main issue
The Bologna midfielder had reportedly agreed terms with the south coast club but negotiations have now come to an unsuccessful end according to the player’s representative
Liverpool and Tottenham have been boosted in the race for Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez with his proposed move to Southampton on the brink of collapse. Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez was set to complete a £11.8million move to Southampton (Picture: Getty) Ramirez had announced last week that he was on the cusp of a surprise move to the Premier League new boys, who had reportedly agreed terms on a £12 million deal with Serie A club Bologna. But the Italians have since denied that a fee has been agreed, and although Ramirez has been given permission to talk to Southampton over a move, the two clubs are struggling to find a compromise on terms. Saints boss Nigel Adkins is willing to hand over up to £15 million for the 21-year-old, but Bologna feel he is worth closer to £18 million, and are aware that Liverpool and Tottenham are both hovering with significant interest. The Reds have been chasing Ramirez all summer, but have also failed to agree a fee, while Tottenham had reached an agreement last month only for the player to snub a move over wage demands. However, with his move to Southampton on the verge of collapse, both Spurs and the Reds are preparing new offers in a bid to land the highly-rated Uruguayan wideman. It is thought that Ramirez favours a move to Liverpool over the other options, but will accept any move to the Premier League in a bid to ramp up his development and boost his wage packet. Check out our latest daily transfer gossip live blog
Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez has opted for an £11.8million move to Southampton, ending Tottenham and Liverpool’s hopes of signing him. Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez is set to complete an £11.8million move to Southampton (Picture: Getty) The Bologna winger, who recently represented his country at the Olympics, is set to sign for the Saints in what would represent one of the biggest coups in the club’s history.’They believe in me in every way… and above all I have said that they are going to grow,’ Ramirez told Corriere dello Sport.’Southampton is a newly promoted team in the English top flight, but they have the means to stand tall in a few years.’And with me they are going to build. It’s all very stimulating. Even if it is a little strange.’The 21-year-old was confident the deal would go through and added the opportunity was too good to turn down.’The truth? I think [I will leave] this time, yes,’ he said.’There are only a few details to sort out, but they have found the agreement in principle and the English club have reached an agreement with me.’It is an offer that you cannot refuse. They will give me so much money [rumoured to be £1.57m net per year and more than £780,000 signing-on fee].’Ramirez scored eight times for Bologna in 28 appearances last year.Italian-born Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese is thought to have played an instrumental role in bringing the Serie A winger to the Premier League. Check out our latest daily transfer gossip live blog
Gaston Ramirez’s proposed move from Bologna to Tottenham has broken down over wage demands, according to the player’s agent. Costly: Ramirez is demanding a pretty pay-packet (Picture: PA) The highly-rated wideman has been tipped to quit the Serie A outfit after enjoying his best season to date last term, scoring eight goals and collecting a hatful of assists in 32 matches. Liverpool were thought to be leading the race, but the Reds have failed to agree terms on a deal, with Bologna refusing to sell on the cheap. However, in a silent move organised last month, Spurs agreed a £13 million deal for the player, only for it collapse at the last minute over salary demands. The news was revealed by Ramirez’s agent Oscar Betancourt, who expects Tottenham to return once the sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid is completed. ‘The only solid offer is the one from Tottenham, who offered £12.6m,’ Betancourt explained. ‘But the deal didn’t go through because Spurs offered too low a wage to the player and if the wage difference is minimal he would stay at Bologna.’ ‘Tottenham could raise their offer if they sell Modric and in that case the deal could be done, otherwise Ramirez will stay another year at Bologna. We also talked with Liverpool but nothing more.’ A pacy left-footed winger who can play on either flank, Ramirez is one of the best talents in Europe and is also attracting interest from Inter Milan. Check out our latest daily transfer gossip live blog
The 21-year-old ended negotiations over a move due to unhappiness with the wages on offer, with the player’s agent insisting that there have also been talks with Liverpool
Liverpool are on the cusp of signing Italy forward Fabio Borini, after agreeing an £11 million deal with Roma, and are also closing in on Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Igor Denisov. Liverpool have agreed a £11m fee for Roma’s Fabio Borini (Picture: EPA) The 21-year-old will link up with boss Brendan Rodgers for the third time, having worked under him at Chelsea and Swansea, and will be his first acquisition as Liverpool manager.The news comes after a week of intense negotiations, in which Roma initially announced that they had no intention of parting with Borini, after bagging him on a £4 million permanent deal from Parma last month.However, sensing Liverpool’s desire to bag the Italy international, Roma have now accepted an bumper £11 million offer, and Borini is expected on Merseyside in the next 48 hours to agree personal terms and pass a medical.Liverpool are not stopping there though, and will now turn to other targets, such as Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez and Zenit midfielder Igor Denisov. Liverpool could conclude a £7m deal for Zenit St Petersburg’s Igor Denisov (R) (Picture: PA) The club have been in talks with Bologna over Ramirez for the past two weeks, but are struggling to agree terms on a possible move, leaving the player frustrated.Yet a move for Zenit enforcer Denisov is a lot closer, with reports in Russia suggesting a £7 million deal could be a matter of days away.Denisov, a graduate of the Zenit academy setup, has played almost 300 games for the club, but is now seeking a new challenge, having just secured his third league title.Coach Luciano Spalletti has urged Denisov to stay, but a suitable offer from Liverpool would be difficult to turn down.Check out our latest daily transfer gossip live blog at metro.co.uk/transfers