Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has launched a stinging attack on Mattia Destro after he failed to agree terms with Roma.
Italy Under-21 striker Destro impressed after joining Siena on loan from Genoa last season, and Siena bought half his ownership rights in June.
Nonetheless, the striker appeared certain to join one of Italy's biggest sides this summer, with Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Roma all reported to have shown interest.
He had looked set to join Roma, with Preziosi claiming the deal was 24 hours from being done, but it now looks to have collapsed over Destro's wage demands.
"In my 22 years in football, the Destro affair is the silliest thing that has ever happened to me," Preziosi told Sky Sport Italia. "Everyone is trying to look after their own interests, but that then creates problems. We are talking far too much about a lad who so far has scored only ten Serie A goals, so Destro still needs to prove himself.
"Of course when someone sees his name in the papers every day then he tends to demand scandalous sums for a player his age. Competition raises the price-tag, but Destro doesn't deserve this tug of war.
"The negotiations have hit the rocks and it looks very dark. It is a scandalous situation and if he doesn't seal the deal then he will remain at Siena. Then there are clubs who play on wages and lads who prefer to follow an extra €200,000 rather than seek a team that suits them.
"I have to say these negotiations shocked me. I am nauseated and have never seen anything like it. There are players who think they have already arrived and create complications, while their agents believe they've found the goose that lays the golden eggs."
He added: "I do not need to cash in on half of Destro. If by the end of Saturday the matter has not been resolved, then I give my word he will remain at Siena.
"Inter, Milan or Juve? Destro was promised to Roma and I keep my word. Mattia has the right to turn down Roma, but in that case he will stay with Siena on the €400,000 contract he has and not the millions Roma wanted to give him."