Former AC Milan chief executive, Marco Fassone, has claimed Cristiano Ronaldo was open to moving to San Siro, before eventually joining Juventus last season.
Ronaldo swapped Real Madrid for Juve in a €112million deal ahead of the 2018/2019 season.
However, their Serie A rivals Milan, were also keen on taking him from the Spanish club.
Ex-sporting director, Massimiliano Mirabelli, claimed Ronaldo was on the brink of signing for Milan before the former ownership led by Li Yonghong, blocked the deal prior to hedge fund Elliott Management assuming control of the Italian team.
And Fassone, who followed Mirabelli out of Milan following the takeover in July last year, backed up those claims.
"The president wanted Cristiano Ronaldo, but the figures told us this was inadvisable.
"Ronaldo was open to evaluating the opportunity, as Milan are a famous club and there was enthusiasm around us.
"However, we never went beyond some internal calculations and seeing if he was potentially open to it," Fassone told Sportitalia.