Serie A minnows Siena have revealed that they had virtually signed Niklas Bendtner before Juventus swooped for the Arsenal player.
The Dane will complete his move to the Old Lady on Friday, but only after the Tuscan club made a concrete bid for his services.
“It was seemingly an impossible operation, but we had an agreement with Arsenal and with the player,” Siena sporting director Stefano Antonelli told Sky Sport Italia.
“It seemed like a dream, but, at one point, it looked as if we had him. The interest from Juventus then changed the scenario.”
Despite losing the centre-forward, Antonelli still praised the comportment of the player once the Old Lady made their move.
“Having chosen Juve, he still phoned our President out of respect,” the official added. “He, and his agent, behaved in the right way.”
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