Adriano was close to joining Sampdoria

Adriano agreed to rescind his contract with Inter by mutual consent on Friday, but the Brazilian could have joined Sampdoria instead of taking a sabbatical from football.

“We gave it some serious consideration,” revealed Blucerchiati general manager Beppe Marotta on Radio Kiss Kiss.

“In football terms, Adriano has immense potential. It would have been a great swoop to get him.

“Let us not forget than when he was at Parma and Arrigo Sacchi snapped him up, Chelsea had offered an insane amount of money for him.”