“They have identified him as a man who could if not replace Fernandinho immediately, take some of the burden off him and be the holding midfielder down the line.
“They made a play for him and as far as the guidance from the club, from Italy and from Napoli, and from his agent, he wanted to come here.
“Then, at the last minute, for whatever reason he went to Chelsea instead.
“Instead of them jumping and panicking and going for their second or third target, they just left it alone and said ‘we can’t buy the player we want right now so we won’t buy it’.
“I think that’s generally their policy and has been for the last couple of years.”