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News that their Uruguayan talent is on the verge of being sold has not been met with much cheer, although it is unlikely they will hold much weight in halting proceedings

Disillusioned Bologna faithful have today staged demonstrations in order to voice their discontent over the touted sale of prized asset Gaston Ramirez to Southampton.

A chorus of chants rained from the terraces of the club's Stadio Dall'Ara, as fans repeatedly echoed for their in-demand Uruguayan starlet, 21, not to be released for transfer this summer.

Ramirez, formerly a €2.5 million [£1.7m] signing from Penarol in 2010, has repeatedly been linked to the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham, in addition to Italian heavyweights Inter and Juventus.

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It appears, however, that newly-promoted Premier League outfit Southampton had stolen into the lead for the attacking midfielder's signature with a €15m [£11.8m] bid, something the player himself has acceded to.

Nevertheless, the situation has gone up in the air again, following Bologna president Albano Guaraldi slamming talk of a deal being imminent, claiming there still was some way to go before any agreement could be brokered.

It would seem only a matter of time before Ramirez's purported switch to English football materialises though, after he was dropped from the Bologna squad hosting Varese in Saturday's third round Coppa Italia tie.

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