While Juventus started their campaign on the wrong foot, Napoli are currently top of the Serie A table seven points clear of the Bianconeri.
Despite losing four key players in the summer (Insigne, Mertens, Koulibaly and Fabian Ruiz), the Parternopei are enjoying an exciting start to the season, partly thanks to their new signings, chief among them being Khvicha Khvaratskhelia.
The Georgian has been simply sensational, contributing five goals and two assists in his first eight Serie A outings, while impressing on the Champions League routes against Liverpool and Rangers.
Unfortunately for the Bianconeri, they missed out on a phenomenal player who alone cost Aurelio De Laurentiis €10m.
Former Palermo and Milan fullback Cristian Zaccardo was one of the intermediaries who helped forge the deal between Dinamo Batumi and Napoli.
The 2006 World Cup winner confirms that Milan and Juventus were interested in Kvaratskhelia.
However, he believes the northern giants were happy with their current left-backs, which is why they ultimately opted not to sign the 21-year-old Georgian.
“I was only present for the negotiations with Napoli, but I felt that Milan and Juventus were already satisfied with Rafael. Leao and Federico Chiesa”, he told Gazzetta dello Sport via Calciomercato.
Ultimately, Juventus ended up signing another left winger in Filip Kostic, so one wonders if the management regret this already.