Manchester United have snapped up the odd Italian talent in recent years, even if none of them made at Old Trafford. Federico Macheda, Giuseppe Rossi and Davide Petrucci have all come and gone through the door at Old Trafford - but another might have arrived in 2011.
Federico Bernardeschi is a precocious talent who in March trained with the senior Italian national side, after impressing on loan at Crotone.
But back in 2011 he was being pursued by Sir Alex Ferguson - as Manchester United attempted to bring him to England.
His father Alberto spoke about it this week, stating:
"We preferred to stay at Fiorentina because he's happy. He's always been treated very well and it wouldn't have been right to leave. Also, it’s not the case that by going to a world-class team one will arrive immediately at the top. If he is good enough to have a great career, he will be certainly able to do so also by staying at Fiorentina."
And last night he showed United what they are missing, as he scored his first goal for the club in just his second appearance for the club.
He scored the third goal in their 3-0 home triumph against EA Guingamp last night in the Europa League - allowing the ball to run across his body before powering a left foot strike beyond the opposing goalkeeper.
At just 20-years-old the player who rejected United now looks set to have a breakthrough season in Italy. Leaving United fans wondering what might have been.