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'Ronaldo only wants Juventus' - Paratici explains how deal to sign Portuguese superstar from Madrid happened

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has disclosed how the summer signing of Cristiano Ronaldo finally materialised and that a move for Mauro Icardi was overlooked by the Serie A champions.

The Bianconeri brought the Portuguese star to Turin for €112m (£99m/$111m) following his departure from Real Madrid last year, with the 34-year-old having proven to be an inspired purchase as the club chases domestic and European glory.

Speaking to Gazetta dello Sport however, Paratici stated that they initially were looking to swipe Icardi from rivals Inter, with whom the Argentina international had been struggling to agree fresh terms

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The 25-year-old had netted 29 times throughout the 2017-18 campaign, making him an attractive prospect – but Paratici admits there was only one course once Ronaldo entered the reckoning.