Juventus powerbroker Andrea Agnelli admits he would love to sign Barcelona star Lionel 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.