AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani remains 'hopeful' that he can persuade Brazil striker Luis Fabiano to join the club before the start of next season.
Fabiano currently has just one year remaining at Spanish club Sevilla, and has been strongly linked with a move away from Sanchez Pizjuan.
Milan are believed to be the frontrunners in the race for his signature, with Galliani admitting he attempted to sign the 29-year-old last season.
Galliani told Sky Italia: "Will Luis Fabiano come to AC Milan? Hopefully. I spoke with him a lot last season but it was not possible to sign him.
"He is the player who has excited me most in this World Cup."
Luis Fabiano's agent Jose Fuentes has urged Galliani to pick up the phone and begin negotiations with both club and player.
He told calciomercato.it: "Galliani hopes to have Luis Fabiano? He knows what he has to do - call Sevilla and me.
"I'm pleased about this (interest) because Milan is one of the biggest clubs in the world, along with Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
"At the moment there is nothing concrete, I don't know if Milan has called (Sevilla president) Jose Maria del Nido."
Asked whether there is any chance of Fabiano extending his current deal at Sevilla, Fuentes added: "Renewal? The situation is clear, the player still has a one-year contract with Sevilla and the club cannot run the risk of losing a player of this level on a free transfer next year.
"In my opinion, Luis Fabiano will only stay if he renews his contract. Otherwise, I think it is more logical to leave because the club wants the money.
"Currently there is no real negotiation because the player is focused exclusively on the World Cup. I think that his future will be decided when he returns from South Africa."
Managerless Rossoneri have been linked with a host of star-studded names as they attempt to wrestle back the Serie A title from fierce city rivals Inter next term.
When asked about the likelihood of bringing Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and former Cagliari boss Massimiliano Allegri to the club in respective roles, Galliani added: "(Zlatan) Ibrahimovic? Impossible - he's too expensive. The Spanish financial system is better.
"Allegri? We are quiet."
Veteran midfielder Gennaro Gattuso could be one man leaving the San Siro this summer, although Galliani believes the Italian will remain with the club.
"Gattuso? He remains and doesn't go to Dubai. He has a contract and will remain with us."