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Reports: Messi Tells Barca Board To Sign Real Madrid Star

FC Barcelona are reportedly looking for a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta, and Lionel Messi has now reportedly told the club's board to buy this Real Madrid star.

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The Catalan giants have experienced a tricky season thus far – they are one point behind their eternal rivals Real, who have a game in hand, in the La Liga standings, while their chances of advancing to the next stage of the UEFA Champions League are minimal after they lost the first leg of their last 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain 4-0.

Signings such as Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer have failed to live up to expectations, and the club will be under pressure to land a stellar name next season.

According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Messi wants the club to sign Isco. It has been claimed the Argentine sees the Los Blancos attacking midfielder as an ideal replacement for Iniesta.

Isco's current deal at the Santiago Bernabeu expires in June 2018, and the 24-year-old announced this week that he will be considering his future at the club.

Messi apparently believes the Spaniard suits the Blaugrana's playing style and wants the club to negotiate a switch between the two rival clubs.

Read: Barca To Replace Enrique With Messi's Favourite Manager?

Javier Saviola was the last player to move between Barcelona and Real, back in 2007, but it seems Isco could now reignite the rivalry between the two Spanish giants.

Do you think Isco suits Barca's playing style? Have your say in the comments section below.

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