Inter president Massimo Moratti has revealed that the club were interested in bringing Paul Pogba to the San Siro, until dissuaded from doing so by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Pogba eventually opted to join Juventus on a free transfer over the summer, and has enjoyed a solid start to life in Italy - recently scoring the winner in a Serie A clash with Bologna.
And Moratti admits he may have been wrong to pull out of the race for the 19-year-old but insisted Ferguson had influenced his decision.
When asked about the France Under-21 international, Moratti said: "Pogba? Inter also followed him, but we had an agreement with Manchester United.
“The agreement was not to approach players at the end of the contract and was a request by Ferguson.
“We pulled ourselves out of the race, perhaps wrongly, but you cannot take everyone."
Inter travel to Juventus on Saturday in a top of the table Serie A clash.