Former AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has revealed that the club had an agreement in place with Cristiano Ronaldo before the Portuguese forward joined Juventus in 2018.
Ronaldo ended a record-breaking nine-year stay at Real Madrid to join Juventus in a £100m move last year, going on to help the club to another Serie A title in addition to winning the Serie A Footballer of the Year award.
However, Mirabelli claims that it could have been different had AC Milan's Chinese owners not turned down the chance to sign the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.
"It was something we talked about with Jorge Mendes," Mirabelli told Italian outlet Sportitalia.
"We knew there could be problems with Real and Ronaldo. We did everything, but then the Chinese owners blocked the deal because it was not sustainable.
"With the current owners CR7 would have been a Milan player."
Ronaldo has scored 40 goals in 64 appearances for Juventus across all competitions.