Bologna sporting director Marco Di Vaio has revealed that they had to go through “the most difficult negotiations” to get Victor Kristiansen from Leicester City this summer.

The director has been speaking about the Leicester man in comments relayed by Tutto Bologna, admitting their interest in him was a strong one.

Kristiansen joined the Italian side on loan earlier this summer, becoming one of several players to leave the Foxes following their relegation to the Championship last season.

He had only been at Leicester since the January transfer window after making a €14m move from FC Copenhagen at the end of that window.

He’d featured regularly between the end of the season but decided to head for pastures new rather than spend this season in the Championship under new manager Enzo Maresca.

Indeed, the defender commented on that today, revealing he immediately sought an exit from the club after speaking to his new manager regarding the situation.

He eventually ended up at Bologna, where he was warmly welcomed, with Di Vaio revealing they’d tried to get him before his move to Leicester.

“Kristiansen was our first choice to replace Hickey,” he said during the player’s presentation at the club.

“We watched him live several times but then the Premier League arrived, and it became difficult for us to do that type of operation.

“After the Leicester’s relegation, we asked for information and with the arrival of the new manager there was an opening to a loan with right, but it was one of the most difficult negotiations.”