And Manchester United insiders have told sportinastorm.com that it wasn’t to watch France striker Antoine Greizmann, who snubbed a move to the Theatre of Dreams earlier this summer by remaining loyal to Diego Simeone’s team.
It’s understood United manager Jose Mourinho, while still hopeful of resurrecting a deal for Griezmann, had instructed his network to scout a midfielder on show at Rome’s Olympic stadium, as the match ended in a disappointing 0-0 stalemate.
United handed Michael Carrick a 12-month deal earlier this summer but Mourinho is believed to be already planning for life without the 35-year-old veteran.
The Portuguese is a well-known admirer of Roma’s Radja Nainggolan, having previously looked at the Belgium international when he was in charge at Chelsea.
Mourinho was also linked back in January to Atletico’s 22-year-old starlet Saul Niguez, who intriguingly, has since signed an incredible nine-year deal with a buyout clause of £90m.
Antonio Conte took the opportunity to compliment a rare talent after Lionel Messi masterminded Barcelona's Champions League defeat of Chelsea.
Wigan boss Paul Cook is happy to be heading into their FA Cup quarter-final with Southampton on the back of a morale-boosting league win.
Arsene Wenger has called on his Arsenal side to put on the sort of displays that will have stay-away fans returning to the Emirates Stadium.
Michael Jacobs struck in stoppage time as Wigan got their League One promotion bid back on track with a 1-0 win at Bradford.
Lionel Messi punished error-prone Chelsea as Barcelona advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at the Nou Camp.
AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso believes Jack Wilshere would grace any league in world football.