Salernitana Sanction Dia with Pay Cut Post Wolves Saga

Boulaye Dia was expected to leave Salernitana during the transfer window, as Wolverhampton Wanderers, among other clubs, displayed interest. However, things have turned sour for the Senegalese, who is set to endure a pay cut after Salernitana sporting director Morgan De Sanctis hit out at both the player and Wolves for their approach towards the matter.

Per Il Mattino, although not officially confirmed, Wolves are thought to have made a €2M loan bid, with the option to buy Dia next summer for €20M, on deadline day – figures which supposedly infuriated the Granata board. Salernitana went so far as to reply to Wolves’ email with just one word: ‘What?.’

After spending last season on a successful loan spell in Salerno, the Campania outfit activated a €12M buy-clause to secure his signature, and the player’s value has increased two-fold since. De Sanctis discussed the topic in a presser.

“We received a phone call late on Thursday night with talk of a loan with the option to buy for figures that, if I were to make public, would cause a diplomatic incident. None of their directors contacted me personally. This affected Dia. I expect the player to realise how much we have given him, because we want a rapport of reciprocal respect and hope we can continue like the previous 12 months together.”

“I will say that I, the President and all of Salernitana will not forget what Wolverhampton did. Dia was not called up because in his attitude he showed that he was not ready to play against Lecce. You can interpret that however you wish. That game will be a battle and we need people prepared to battle with us. His attitude seemed to be going in the opposite direction.”

Following the deadline day drama with Wolves, Dia reportedly expressed his discontent with the club for failing to let him leave for the Premier League. The frustrated Senegalese was then earmarked by Sousa to be left out of Salernitana’s clash against Lecce on the basis of his apparent poor behavior.

Dia is now in line to receive a 15% reduction in salary as a disciplinary sanction, the outlet adds. The player has the right to challenge the ruling before Serie A’s arbitration panel.

It is understood that the Salernitana board is in disarray after a tumultuous transfer window during which the Portuguese coach indicated that he wasn’t familiar with any of their new signings.

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