Siena quash Geremi whispers
By Lorenzo Zacchetti
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Serie A outfit Siena have told skysports.com that they have no plans to move for Chelsea midfielder Geremi following speculation in the Italian media.
Reports in the Gazzetta dello Sport had suggested that the Tuscany-based side were keen to use their good relationship with The Blues to negotiate a possible loan deal for the Cameroonian ace.
The top-flight newcomers have made a positive start to the season, currently sitting 9th in the table, and admit they will be looking to strengthen when the transfer window reopens in January.
However, director Nelso Ricci told skysports.com that Geremi's wage demands would rule him out of any move to the club, and insisted the club had targeted less high-profile players.
"It's incredible what certain journalists do," he commented.
"The one who suggested that we were aiming at Geremi didn't even talk to him (manager Giuseppe Papadopulo). I'm sure of it.
"To say that Geremi might join a club like Siena is only a way of fooling the people.
"Chelsea paid the huge amount of around é¼15 million (£9.6 million) for him, and everybody knows we can not deal with such high-profile players."
Ricci went on to play down further transfer talk linking the club with Roma duo Damiano Tommasi and Traianos Dellas, and also denied the possible sale of star winger Rodrigo Taddei.
"Our philosophy is to do the best with what we've got," he continued.
"Of course, if we should find a good chance to sign an experienced player like these mentioned (Tommasi and Dellas) we would consider it.
"But it should be remembered what we did last summer. We built our team with players who were out of contract or coming from the lower leagues, not with internationals.
"But we're in no hurry, the current team was built in the last seven days of the last transfer market.
"I read that Juventus and Roma wanted to buy him (Taddei), but nobody has ever handed us a request.
"Even if we were to receive offers, we would not let him go before the season is over.
"He is a key squad member and we can't do without him."