Juventus powerbroker Agnelli fancies Barcelona star Messi
The Agnelli family are planning to strengthen their influence at Juve this year and Agnelli said: "There are many players in the world I would like to bring to Juve.
"But one stands out - Lionel Messi."
With Alessandro del Piero and Pavel Nedved coming to the ends of their careers, Juve are keen to unearth a new megastar to lift the club's profile around the world.
Messi has a contract with Barca until 2014 and which carries a buyout clause of £120 million.