Gaston Ramirez claimed he was ready to undergo a Southampton medical, but Bologna are furious and Coach Stefano Pioli insists the Uruguayan is “confused.”
This morning Ramirez gave an interview with Sky Sport Italian in which he stated: “I know that it is not official yet, even if it is the right offer for Bologna. There are just a few details missing with Bologna for my transfer to the Saints.”
However, Bologna President Albano Guaraldi was livid and pointed out the reported £11.8m offer is still well below their £15.7m asking price (€20m) for the 21-year-old trequartista.
“I spoke to him and at the moment he is confused,” added Coach Pioli of the reported £2.3m per season wages.
“He has been told of offers that would confuse anyone. Clearly this is a delicate situation and the sooner it is sorted out, the better.
“I told him that I’d be very happy to coach him again this year. This is the best situation for us and for him if he wants to grow.
“The club has been pretty clear and everyone knows the situation.”
Meanwhile, Southampton manager Nigel Adkins also spoke out on the Ramirez story.
“It looks exciting, doesn't it?” he said. “I think he has come out in Italy and said it is already sorted, but I think you'll find the policy of the football club is until the player has signed on the dotted line and we announce it then really we try to do everything privately. We have been consistent with that over the years and we'll probably stay that way.
“If it is true, then it obviously shows the ambition of the football club. I know the chairman, Nicola Cortese, is very ambitious here and it is great.”