Lazio want to sign Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov this summer, but are struggling to match his wage demands, reports the Daily Mail.
The 31-year-old is set to leave England after falling down the first-team pecking order, and could test himself in Serie A next season.
Sir Alex Ferguson still holds Berbatov in high regard, but accepts the fact he cannot provide the former Tottenham forward assurances over regular playing time, and a move to Italy may prove too attractive a proposition for him to turn down.
Berbatov arrived at Old Trafford in a club record £30.75million deal in 2008, and could leave the Premier League giants for just a fraction of that price as he enters the final 12 months of his contract.
Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport reported last week that Lazio president Claudio Lotito has already met the Red Devils striker's agent, Emil Dantchev, to discuss the potential transfer.
Bundesliga trio Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen - Berbatov's former club - are also believed to be monitoring the Bulgarian's situation, and could launch a rival bid this summer.