Arsenal were not the only club to almost sign Cristiano Ronaldo. (The player revealed last month how a shirt had even been made by the Gunners with his name emblazoned on it).
Now Juventus have discussed how agonisingly close they came to signing the Ballon d'Or contender back in 2003.
In fact if it were not for Chilean legend Marcelo Salas, United may not have had the chance to bring in the would-be Champions League winner at all.
Former Juventus sporting director Luciano Moggi told spherasports.com:
"We had reached an agreement with Sporting Lisbon on the basis an exchange with Marcelo Salas, who then, however, preferred to move to River Plate.
"We did not have the money to buy him and the deal fell through.
"Then Manchester United made a very high bid..."
Salas proved to be a nightmare for Juventus. They paid cash plus Dario Kovacevic to sign him, but he only played 14 games for the club after suffering a career-shortening injury.
He eventually got his way, loaned to River Plate in 2003. Juventus sadly for them, could watch on powerless as United signed Cristiano Ronaldo.
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