The agent of North Korean striker Han Kwang-song confirms “there were several clubs interested” in his client in January, including Juventus and Inter.
The 20-year-old spent the first half of last season on loan at Perugia, with his seven goals in 17 games convincing Cagliari to recall him.
There was then speculation that he’d sign for Juve and be loaned back to Sardinia, but that move never materialised and he’s now back on loan in Serie B with the Grifone.
“I’m not directly aware of anything happening in the summer,” Sandro Stemperini explained to calciomercato.com.
“It may be that, in the many meetings between Juventus and Cagliari, they went back to talking about Han but if so it was a discussion only between the two clubs.
“For January I’m certain because I was in those meetings and I worked on it. It wasn’t simply that the clubs didn’t agree, there was a difference between supply and demand.
“It was a complicated negotiation because it involved several other players, and unfortunately it wasn’t successful.
“I also talked about him with [Walter] Sabatini when he worked at Inter. There were several clubs interested, there are always a lot of requests for information, but contact is one thing and a formal meeting is another.
“That only happened with Juventus.”