Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed he rejected a €25 million bid from Juventus for Marek Hamsik on transfer deadline day.
Juve had an eventful day, which picked up in pace after they lost out on long-term target Julian Draxler, who opted to join Wolfsburg from Schalke.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men eventually signed Hernanes from Inter in an €11m deal and Mario Lemina on loan from Marseille in a frantic final few hours of the window, but not before they had failed in an attempt to sign Hamsik.
“This is a team which has kept its stars,” De Laurentiis told Radio Kiss Kiss.
“Juventus wanted Hamsik for €25m, I asked them for Stefano Sturaro and Daniele Rugani and they refused… so they got Hernanes instead!
“We had offers totalling €98m, not including those for Gonzalo Higuain and not selling them is the same as if I had bought players worth that much.”
As well as keeping key stars like Hamsik and Higuain, Napoli – who have signed Nathaniel Chalobah on loan from Chelsea – also came close to landing Alessio Romagnoli earlier in the summer, only for De Laurentiis to see him join AC Milan for €25m from Roma when he was prepared to pay more.
He continued: “I offered Walter Sabatini €28m for Alessio Romagnoli and he then sold him for €3m less than previously discussed, but Vlad Chiriches is a good buy.
“If anything the problem isn’t that we couldn’t get Rugani or Romagnoli, it’s that identifying and getting the best central defenders is difficult.”
Napoli have only picked up one point from their opening two Serie A matches going into the international break.