Inter chief Massimo Moratti has revealed that he wanted to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi in the summer, while he rejected bids for Douglas Maicon.
The Nerazzurri brought in Diego Forlan and Mauro Zarate following the departure of Samuel Eto'o, but only after they failed in a bid for the Napoli forward.
"It's true," Moratti told the Corriere dello Sport. "I did talk to Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, who is a dear friend, about Lavezzi.
"He has great talent and an excellent change of pace, but the player is very attached to Napoli."
The oil baron was also questioned about Maicon, the right-back whose San Siro future continues to be a topic for discussion.
"Having him back in the side after injury is very important," Moratti added. "Offers did arrive over the summer for him, but we never took them into consideration.
"He's an essential player for us."
Inter have had a disastrous start to the season having collected just four points from five Serie A games.
"The League table makes for some strange reading," added Moratti. "However, I have faith that this squad can do well.
"A bit of everything has happened this season – a change of formation, a change of Coach [from Gian Piero Gasperini to Claudio Ranieri], the [controversial] loss to Napoli…
"Let's not look back or too far forward. We have to take it a game at a time."