Juventus were offered Marek Hamsik before he joined Napoli, former club President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has revealed.
Hamsik joined the Stadio San Paolo outfit in the summer of 2007 for €5.5m, but only after the Old Lady opted against making an offer.
“Brescia President Gino Corioni had a meal with us after a League game,” Cobolli Gigli told Il Mattino in an interview.
“He told me that he had a little jewel at his disposal in Hamsik and that he wanted to give him to us.
“Fortunately for Napoli and their owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, we hesitated.”
The 24-year-old has now developed into one of Serie A’s most effective attacking midfielders and he was Milan’s Mr X last summer.
Hamsik is currently on the wish-list of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Juventus and Napoli will meet in Serie A on Sunday evening.
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £5,000 monthly.