Bologna explain Ramirez sale
Bologna general manager Roberto Zanzi admits no other side could compete with Southampton in the race for Gaston Ramirez.
The Saints completed a club record deal to bring Ramirez to St Mary's this summer, with reports indicating the club paid in excess of £11million, with the Uruguayan awarded a contract worth £45,000-per-week.
Southampton faced plenty of competition for the 21-year-old's signature, with Liverpool, Inter Milan and Juventus all thought to have made an enquiry for his services.
However, Zanzi says there was only ever going to be one winner in the race for Ramirez after Southampton flexed their financial muscles.
He told Tele Radio Stereo: "Ramirez knew that we would have sold him only with certain conditions. Such conditions happened only at the end of the market and so we had little time to act in the market.
"Ramirez accepted the Southampton offer because he couldn't refuse.
"Were there proposals from Italy for Ramirez? The economic situation of Italian football means at the moment Italian clubs are struggling to make similar proposals to those coming from abroad."