Fiorentina's technical director Eduardo Macia has revealed how the Serie 'A' club came close to signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder - and reported Manchester United target - Marco Verratti this summer.
Sky Sports reports how the 20-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from Parc des Princes during the recent transfer window, following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid, with the former Pescara star understood to be keen on a return to Italy.
Red Devils boss David Moyes also considered an attempt to lure the Italy international to Old Trafford, as he looked to capitalise on the uncertainty that previously surrounded the player's PSG future.
A move to the Premier League failed to materialise, and like a number of Manchester United's other creative midfield targets during the transfer window, Verratti opted to stay put, and penned a new long-term contract with the Ligue 1 champions.
Macia claims Verratti had shown an interest in moving to Stadio Artemio Franchi, but later made a u-turn and committed his future to PSG.
"Fiorentina was, above all, a player's desire," he told Corriere Fiorentino. "He liked Fiorentina's identity so much and our style of play.
"So, we tried to realise this dream."