Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has revealed the club are willing to negotiate a part-ownership deal with Lazio for Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.
The 23-year-old Ghana international made some of eye-catching performances in this summer's World Cup and is thought to be admired by a number of European clubs.
Boateng is expected to leave Fratton Park following Pompey's relegation from the Premier League last season, and Lazio is a possible destination.
But the Rome outfit have not yet stumped up the required amount of money that the South Coast club are asking for, and Genoa are prepared to go in with the Biancoceleste.
Preziosi told lalaziosiamonoi.it: "It isn't a false news, we're talking and thinking together with Lazio."
Asked if there were any difficulties in negotiations, Preziosi added: "I'd rather not talk about this."
Portsmouth marked agent Tony Antonius told cittaceleste.it: "We are working every day for the passage of Boateng to Lazio. (Lazio chairman Claudio) Lotito is willing to take the player, but between the two clubs there's yet a million Euros of difference.
"We ask for 7 million Euros (£5.9m), while Lazio offers 6. For the assignment, Kevin wants 2 million Euros per season for 3-4 years.
"Lazio is currently not convinced, but anything can happen."