Former Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has admitted that the Bianconeri turned down the chance to sign Marek Hamsik during his spell at Brescia.
The Serie B side offered the Slovakia international to the Old Lady, but Juve were unsure whether Hamsik would be of added value, and the attacking midfielder eventually signed for Napoli in 2007.
"We had dinner with Brescia president Gino Corioni after a league game. He informed me that they had a real jewel at their disposal in Hamsik, and added that he wanted him to play for us," Cobolli Gigli said to Il Mattino.
"However, fortunately for Napoli and their president Aurelio De Laurentiis, we waited too long."
The 24-year-old Hamsik is now one of Serie A's most sought-after midfielders, and has continually been linked with a move to a bigger club.