Did Messi Ask Barca Bosses To Sign Ex-Real Star?
Did Lionel Messi Ask FC Barcelona Bosses To Sign Ex-Real Madrid Star?
A shock report has claimed that FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has reportedly asked the Blaugrana board to sign a former Real Madrid star.
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According to Diario Gol, the 30-year-old has suggested that the club signs his Argentina teammate Angel Di Maria before the window closes.
The report claimed that the former Benfica winger is not the Spanish side's primary transfer target at the moment, but things might change to appease Messi.
In the past couple of weeks, the Catalan giants have focused all their attention on sealing a deal for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, but although the player has made it clear he wants to move, the Merseyside club has so far refused to sell up.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is apparently aware that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is frustrated with life at the Camp Nou and is hoping to please all parties by signing both players.
The Spanish giants are also hoping that the signing of the 29-year-old will prompt Messi to sign his contract extension, which was offered to him two months ago. Barca announced they had agreed terms with Messi and that he will sign his new contract before the new campaign starts. However, the Argentine still is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Di Maria spent four years in La Liga with Real Madrid before joining Manchester United and then moving on to Paris Saint-Germain.
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