Bologna president admits negotiations are on-going.
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Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez is set to leave Serie A outfit Bologna this summer with Anfield his most likely destination.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been on Liverpool’s radar for some time and would leap at the chance to join compatriots Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates on Merseyside.
Bologna want at least £16 million for the highly-rated star, who has scored 12 goals in 58 appearances for the club since joining from Uruguayan club Penarol in 2010.
Roberto Zanzi, general director of Bologna, admitted the club were working on a deal to sell Ramirez.
“We are negotiating with an important foreign club for Ramirez but their offer does not satisfy us yet. The deal is by no means close to completion,” he told Il Resto del Carlino.
Ramirez’s agent has confirmed he is in negotiations were with ‘a major English side’, with Liverpool looking by far the most likely to be at advanced stages of a deal. New Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers is keen to strengthen his midfield, with Icelandic playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson also on his radar.
Bologna vice-president Maurizio Setti has described Ramirez as ‘a born champion’.
“He would make a difference to any team,” Setti added.