The landscape of Italian football could have been in a prosperous position right now if agent Franco Zavaglia's recent revelations are to believed.

The FIFA agent has spoken about how close Neymar came to joining Juventus just two years ago.

The Turin-based giants had instructed Zavaglia to tie up a deal for the Brazilian wonder-kid, and he quickly reached agreement with Neymar's club Santos.

But the move fell through due to Santos' success in the Copa Libertadores - something Juventus rue to this very day.

In an interview with Tuttosport, Zavaglia explained: "I went to Turin to take on the job and discuss a strategy and then left for São Paulo with a mandate to sign Neymar.

"Brazilian football was starting to get richer, but Santos needed the money, so they were ready to cash in on Neymar.

"We reached an agreement over a transfer fee of €35 million (£30m). A big number, but that was the players value at the time.

"Santos's vice-president was clear that the agreement wouldn't stand if they made it to the next round of the Copa Libertadores, though.

"Unfortunately, Santos progressed and even went on to win the trophy for the first time in 48 years.

"That gave Santos the financial resources to hold onto Neymar and have him sign a new and improved contract." 

If Santos hadn't have progressed and Juventus secured the signature of the virtuoso, it could of had a profound affect on the Serie A.

In May, the 21-year-old was ranked as the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine and he's already sponsored by 11 brands. 

Financially, this could of been a transfer that would have been lucrative for not only Juventus, but the Serie A as a whole.

The Brazilian made his much anticipated transfer to Europe earlier this month when he moved to Barcelona for a fee believed to be in the region of €57 million.  


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