Roberto D’Aversa reportedly wanted to take Phil Foden to Parma in 2019, but Pep Guardiola blocked his loan move.
The Parma coach was looking for a young and talented winger to complete the Ducali’s attacking trident.
According to Grand Hotel Calciomercato, a website run by Sky Sport Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, Foden was one of his priority targets.
The Parma coach had scouted the Manchester City youngster during a game played by the England U21 squad in Cesena.
Foden scored a goal, but it was not enough for the Three Lions to avoid defeat against France.
According to the report, Parma tried to sign Foden on loan twice that summer.
Their ex sporting director Daniele Faggiano called Guardiola but immediately understood there were few chances to sign the English youngster, albeit on loan.
After a few weeks, it was D’Aversa himself to call the Manchester City tactician.
Guardiola once again rejected Parma’s offer, explaining: “He is a young player, but he is very strong. David Silva will leave, and he’ll be a starter this season.”