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.
Even if Samuel Eto'o chooses number 99, #Sampdoria owner Massimo Ferrero refuses to be outdone pic.twitter.com/LdsfmrGuGO— Adam Digby (@Adz77) January 30, 2015
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.
BUONDÌ ITALIA!! BUONDÌ GENOVA!! BUONDÌ SANREMO!! BUONDÌ CARLO CONTI!! CIAOOO EMMA!"STASERA CIÒ NA NOTA STONATA X FARTI RIMANERE INCANTATA.— Massimo Ferrero (@unavitadacinema) February 12, 2015
"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.