Cristiano Ronaldo was offered to Napoli before making a €100 million move to Juventus, claims the Serie A club’s sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli.
Once it became apparent that the Portuguese was looking to take on a new challenge, his agent was charged with the task of finding a potential buyer.
With Jorge Mendes having previously conducted business with Napoli, they were among his first ports of call.
Ronaldo has claimed on a number of occasions that Juve were always his preferred option when pushing for a switch away from Real Madrid.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner could, however, have ended up in a different Italian destination had the figures involved in a stunning deal not forced one party from the negotiating table.
Giuntoli told Sky Sports Italia: “We [Napoli] have a close relationship with Jorge since [Faouzi] Ghoulam’s contract renewal and we often speak to him.
“I was with [Napoli chairman Aurelio] De Laurentiis when he made the offer to us.
“We went quiet and upon going into the details of the operation we realised that it was out of our reach.”