Friday June 24 2011
Viviano set for blind auction

Inter and Bologna could go to a ‘blind auction' tomorrow for Emiliano Viviano after failing to resolve the co-ownership deal.

The Italy goalkeeper is half-owned by each club and they have been in negotiations for several weeks to decide who'll buy him outright.

The deadline is tonight at 18.00 UK time, as after that all clubs who have not resolved co-ownership deals must go to a blind auction.

This is when each side puts a bid in a sealed envelope and the highest offer wins.

“We met with Inter again and are evaluating every aspect,” Bologna Vice-President Maurizio Setti told SportItalia.

“We are confident. If we reach an agreement then everyone will be happy, otherwise we'll go to the blind auction.”

It's reported this evening that the final attempt at a deal has collapsed, so the auction will be held tomorrow.

There is a third club interested too, as if Bologna do sign Viviano completely, they will immediately sell him on to Roma.

“Talks are at an advanced stage with Roma and we are finalising the terms, but they are not the only club interested.”

Meanwhile, Inter and Bologna have agreed to renew their co-ownership of midfielder Rene Khrin for another season.

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