A Racing Club official has revealed that the Argentine team rejected a massive bid for Colombian star Giovanni Moreno, after the number 10 enjoyed a dream start to his La Academia career in the 2010 Apertura.
'El Negro' Moreno received plaudits from players and the media alike for his debut season in Argentina, scoring five goals in 15 games as his club missed out on the Copa Libertadores by the narrowest of margins. His performances have also attracted attention from teams across the world, which prompted vice president Pablo Podesta to reveal the playmaker was not for sale at any price.
"We want Gio to stay at least until 2012, it has been a long time since the fans have had the pleasure of watching such a player and he has a five-year contract," Podesta told Ole on Sunday.
"A while ago, a Russian club approached us and made a proposal worth $15 million. We rejected it. Even if they had offered $20m, we wouldn't have released him."
As well as the unnamed Russian club, Cruzeiro of Brazil had shown interest in the 24-year-old before being brusquely turned down by the Avellaneda outfit. Podesta would only go so far as admitting there was a chance Moreno could leave at the end of the Clausura; but only for a very large sum.
"For Gio to go in June we would have to receive an irrestistible offer," the official signalled, while also restating the intention to hold on to captain Claudio Yacob despite interest from Napoli.