Napoli would be firmly atop of the summit of Italian football had they been successful in bringing Gareth Bale and Arturo Vidal to the Stadio San Paolo when they had the chance.
Club director of sport Riccardo Bigon recently admitted to missing out on the two superstars, who have since gone on to shine at Real Madrid and Juventus respectively.
And, with the latter currently in the midst of an unprecedented spell of domestic dominance, the club must be left to ponder what might have been had they been successful in recruiting the now superstar duo.
Despite the obvious talents of Vidal, Bigon must particularly rue missing out on Bale during his days at Tottenham Hotspur, with Real Madrid then breaking the transfer record to bring him to the Spanish capital last summer.
He then went on to enjoy a fine maiden season at the Santiago Bernabeu, helping the club win the Copa del Rey with a stunning goal against fierce rivals Barcelona in the final, before then finding the net against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final in Lisbon that saw the Spanish giants finally end their agonising wait for La Decima.
The Welsh wizard has been in similarly impressive form this term, having scored 10 goals and registered four assists in his 16 league appearances for the club so far.
However whether or not he continues to wear the famous white shirt of Los Blancos in the future remains to be seen, with rumours out in force that Louis van Gaal is keen to bring him to Manchester United and may offer David de Gea in order to sweeten the deal.
Vidal, like Bale, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months, but continues to be a key part of the Juventus juggernaut despite the exit of Antonio Conte and appointment of Massimiliano Allegri back in the summer.
Although the Old Lady already possesses a plethora of midfield options in the form of Vidal, Paul Pogba and Andrea Pirlo, the Chilean remains a key asset and has played a key role in the club’s recent spell of domestic domination.
Even though he struggled to nail down a starting berth upon Allegri’s arrival, he has since recaptured his form and has the club firmly on course to win a fourth Scudetto in as many years.
Bigon will no doubt rue his failure to bring Bale and Vidal to the club, with the duo amongst the best on the planet in their respective positions. However he should still be credited for bringing Gonzalo Higuain to the Stadio San Paolo last summer, and will no doubt have his eye on more big arrivals in 2015.
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