Porto starlet James Rodriguez was on the brink of a move to Juventus two years ago, his agent confirmed today.
The Colombian winger has become one of the best attackers in Europe over the past 18 months, and according to his representative, Bruno Carpeggiani, the 21-year-old was on the verge of moving to Turin in 2010.
“I can confirm it is true,” he told tuttojuve.com. “The move was in the pipeline for some time. I do not like to talk about deals [that do not materialize], but Juve at the time were not the side they are now.
“You would have to ask [former Juventus chief scout Renzo] Catagnini why they did not take him.”
The agent, though, did confirm that the Dragoes' man would consider a move to Italy sometime in the future.
“Porto is a club dear to James' heart, so it would need a very large sum to make him interested. Now that Porto have sold Hulk though, I could not deprive him [of a move].”