De Laurentiis fell out with new Blues chief Maurizio Sarri in the summer but still holds the Italian in high regard.
“I offered £55-60m, I do not remember," De Laurentiis told reporters. “I met his wife, very nice.
"We spent an afternoon together, we negotiated a potential contract.
“Icardi is a champion, he could become a new Ronaldo, in the hands of Sarri he could make 40 goals."