Outspoken Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero Eyes Lionel Messi Move



Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has set his sights on signing Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi at some stage in the future.

The Serie A side are dreaming of luring the Argentina international to Genoa as they have the ambition to become a major force in Europe again

The 63-year-old has been making headlines in Italian football ever since taking over Sampdoria in June 2014 and he is determined to turn the Stadio Luigi Ferraris side into a force to be reckoned with once more.

Samp were among Italy's top teams in the late 1980s and early 1990s, winning four Coppe Italia and one Serie A title, while they also won the Cup Winners Cup in 1990, as well as making it to the European Cup final in 1992 - which they lost to Barcelona.

Ferrero dreams of reliving those days and thinks Messi would be the perfect signing to get his project off to a flying start.

"I want to be at the heart of a great Sampdoria again," Ferrero told Sky Sport 24.

"I want to repeat what Paolo Mantovani achieved with Sampdoria.

"The signing of my dreams? I am always aiming high and the dream signing would be Messi.

"I can only say that he likes Sampdoria's colours and that I am here to win things and not to count ants."

Messi, 27, has a contract with Barcelona until June 2018 and has a buy-out clause of €250 million.

Sampdoria currently sit joint sixth in the Serie A table with 35 points from 23 games.