“I already reinvested all the money that we got from the sales, though we're still owed money for Chiesa and Vlahovic.
“I was negotiating with Vlahovic and his agent, I came to Florence even when I was ill, but they wanted €5-8m net, so that's €16m gross per season.
“We didn't get the same number of goals as with him on the pitch, but the results were still more or less the same. We certainly weren't ruined by that sale.
"Both I and Joe Barone believed he was honest and that he would renew his contract. Once the summer session closed, he became the King. Negotiations for a renewal had been going for eight months and his agents told us he would've signed a new deal for €4m."