Edin Dzeko would be a dream signing for Juventus, according to club general director Giuseppe Marotta.
Dzeko is looking to leave Wolfsburg over the summer in order to join a top club and has attracted interest from several leading European teams.
He was previously wanted by AC Milan, while Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has expressed a wish to bring the Bosnia-Herzegovina international to the Premier League.
"Dzeko? It's the dream that I'm working on," said Marotta in Turin-based sports newspaper Tuttosport.
"He is one of the best strikers in the world and clearly he is an object of our desire.
"It's true that we are negotiating and I have spoken to them (Wolfsburg) but they are asking for a lot and we are trying to follow the cheaper option.
"They like some of our players but we know that what you buy is not always better than what you sell."
It seemed earlier this summer that 24-year-old Dzeko, the Bundesliga's top scorer last season, would remain at Wolfsburg for at least another year after a June 1 deadline to meet a 40million euro release clause in his contract passed.
Marotta insists Juve will not lose the plot in the transfer market.
"We will nevertheless be rational," he said. "In today's transfer market you cannot go mad financially."
Dzeko is under contract with Wolfsburg until June 2013.