“I am nauseated. Either Mattia Destro signs for Roma or he can stay at Siena,” blasted Genoa President Enrico Preziosi after he failed to agree personal terms.
Preziosi had stated on Friday that Destro should complete his move to the Olimpico “within 24 hours,” but reports emerged in the evening that the striker was struggling to reach a deal on wages.
This would therefore allow Juventus, Inter or Milan back into the race to sign the Under-21 international.
“In my 22 years in football, the Destro affair is the silliest thing that has ever happened to me,” slammed President Preziosi on Sky Sport Italia.
“Everyone is trying to look after their own interests, but that then creates problems. We are talking far too much about a lad who so far has scored only 10 Serie A goals, so Destro still needs to prove himself.
“Of course when someone sees his name in the papers every day then he tends to demand scandalous sums for a player his age. Competition raises the price-tag, but Destro doesn’t deserve this tug of war.
“The negotiations have hit the rocks and it looks very dark. It is a scandalous situation and if he doesn’t seal the deal then he will remain at Siena.
“Then there are clubs who play on wages and lads who prefer to follow an extra €200,000 rather than seek a team that suits them.
“I have to say these negotiations shocked me. I am nauseated and have never seen anything like it.
“There are players who think they have already arrived and create complications, while their agents believe they’ve found the goose that lays the golden eggs.”
The Destro move had been ready to go through when Genoa agreed to buy out Siena’s half of the contract for €7m, but the row over personal terms with Roma risks destroying the whole thing.
“I do not need to cash in on half of Destro,” continued Preziosi. “If by the end of Saturday the matter has not been resolved, then I give my word he will remain at Siena.
“Inter, Milan or Juve? Destro was promised to Roma and I keep my word. Mattia has the right to turn down Roma, but in that case he will stay with Siena on the €400,000 contract he has and not the millions Roma wanted to give him.”
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