Former AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli claims Cristiano Ronaldo could have joined the club last summer, but the former owners rejected the deal.
Ronaldo ended his trophy-laden, nine-year stint at Real Madrid and joined Serie A champions Juventus in a £100million deal.
However Mirabelli says AC Milan spoke to Ronaldo's agent and were ready to complete a deal, only for it to be kiboshed by then-owner Li Yonghong.
Speaking on TV channel Sportitalia, Mirabelli said: 'It was something we talked about with Jorge Mendes.
'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.'
American hedge fund Elliott Management took over AC Milan in July, with Mirabelli sacked shortly afterwards.