Roma had also made a strong offer for Nicolò Barella, claim Sky Sport Italia, but the Cagliari midfielder has his heart set on Inter.
It is well known that the Nerazzurri are in advanced negotiations with the Sardinians over the €50m-rated Italy international.
There were also reports of proposals from Juventus, Milan and Napoli, but now Sky Sport Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio insists there was another alternative.
Roma also tried to purchase Barella this summer, offering Luca Pellegrini, Gregoire Defrel and a cash sum.
While Cagliari would’ve been prepared to accept, especially as Pellegrini spent this season on loan in Sardinia anyway, Barella only ever had eyes for Inter.