Thursday March 29 2012
Juve hesitated when offered Hamsik

Juventus were offered Marek Hamsik before he joined Napoli, former club President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has revealed.

Hamsik joined the Stadio San Paolo outfit in the summer of 2007 for €5.5m, but only after the Old Lady opted against making an offer.

“Brescia President Gino Corioni had a meal with us after a League game,” Cobolli Gigli told Il Mattino in an interview.

“He told me that he had a little jewel at his disposal in Hamsik and that he wanted to give him to us.

“Fortunately for Napoli and their owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, we hesitated.”

The 24-year-old has now developed into one of Serie A’s most effective attacking midfielders and he was Milan’s Mr X last summer.

Hamsik is currently on the wish-list of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Juventus and Napoli will meet in Serie A on Sunday evening. 

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