AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani insists the Rossoneri will not pay over the odds for Barcelona playmaker Ronaldinho.
After a disappointing and injury-hit season, Ronaldinho has been told by Barca that he is not part of their plans as they make wholesale changes after two trophy-less campaigns.
There has been no shortage of interest for the two-time FIFA World Player of the Year and, while Galliani claims that Milan are leading the pack, he insists a deal for the Brazilian will only be completed if the price is right.
"It seems to me that Ronaldinho has placed Milan at the top of his desires, even if Chelsea has a lot of appeal," he said.
"We have to see how much the final cost will be, the transfer and then his signing-on fee. But I don't promise anything to the fans.
"In any case in attack we already have (Marco) Borriello, (Filippo) Inzaghi, Kaka, (Alexandre) Pato and not only those, so if we can get someone else then good, if not we'll stay how we are. We're already competitive.
"I'm not happy not making big signings, I'm a fan too, but a big transfer will only be done if there's the right conditions.
"Players who cost, between wages and other things, 20 million euros (US$31 million) a year, aren't compatible with Italian clubs' bank balances."
Galliani's comments come a day after Manchester City's executive chairman Garry Cook claimed the Premier League club had a "50-50" chance of signing Ronaldinho.
Galliani has also poured cold water on the idea that former Milan star Andriy Shevchenko would be leaving Chelsea for a return to the San Siro.
"If Sheva comes to Italy, he comes to us," he continued. "He was one of our targets but we have been told that he is not for sale."
The club's supporters have been angered by Milan's lack of movement in the transfer market, especially after what they perceive to be a poor season for the Serie A giants.
The Rossoneri finished fifth last campaign, missing out on a Champions League place, and the fans have laid the blame for their miserable year squarely at the door of club owner Silvio Berlusconi.
An online petition has been set up demanding that the Italy prime minister sells up and has over 1,700 signatories but Galliani has slammed the fans' actions.
"Everyone thinks a lot about the fans and not at the problems which club owners have with the Italian tax authorities," he added.
"I find this protest by the Milan fans a bit bizarre, Berlusconi is the one who has won the most in Italy and in Europe.
"And even this year he will make a huge sacrifice because Milan have kept onto all of their stars even though we are in the UEFA Cup.