Atalanta were close to signing a 50 per cent share in Juventus revelation Paul Pogba this summer, the club have revealed.
“Juventus have got themselves a great player,” Atalanta director general Pierpaolo Marino told Sport Italia.
“In truth, we should have signed him on a co-ownership with Juventus thanks to our friendship with Bianconeri directors Beppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici.
“We even started talks with his agent Mino Raiola, but the latter then informed me that Juventus would take control of his whole contract.
“That’s why we later did a joint deal with Juventus for James Troisi instead.”
Pogba, 19, joined the Old Lady in the summer from Manchester United after turning down a new contract at Old Trafford.
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