Reports have emerged today that FC Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has asked the management of his club to sign his fellow Argentine and Manchester City striker Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero.
According to a report in English newspaper Daily Mail, Lionel Messi wants Manchester City star and Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero to join him at Barcelona as he negotiates a new contract at the club. Messi is almost certain of signing a new improved deal with the Catalan giants but has asked his beloved club to sign Aguero and offer goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto, his good friend, a contract renewal.
Recent reports in Spanish media have suggested that Messi is set to earn around 20 million euros a year with up to 4 million in bonuses and the economic terms are nearly settled upon.
Daily Mail reports that apart from aforementioned economic terms, Messi would like those two sporting conditions to be met too.Barcelona have endured a forgettable season under Tata Martino, being knocked out of the Champions League, losing the Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid and on verge of losing their La Liga title too.
Messi wants to remain with Barcelona for his entire career and to make his stay more trophy lade, he and his father Jorge who is also the agent of the player want Barcelona to strengthen and make a serious claim for all important Champions League crown next year and the club will have to take his suggestions seriously.
Messi’s current contract with Barcelona expires in 2018 but Barcelona management has already started negotiations with the player to keep him happy at the club. And as per the media reports, if he signs the new deal then this is going to be his seventh contract improvement in nine years at Barcelona. Both Barcelona and Messi want to sign a new deal as soon as possible and he could put pen to paper as soon as next week.
Messi’s father Jorge have reportedly had a meeting with the club’s general director Antoni Rossich and economic vice-president Javier Faus on Tuesday, when it is believed the signing of Aguero was raised.
If the potential transfer really goes through, it will be interesting to see how Messi and Aguero could play alongside Brazil star Neymar, who would also expect a first-team berth.
Meanwhile, Dail Mail also reports that Messi wants goalkeeper Pinto to extend his stay at the club too. Messi and Pinto share a good friendship with each other the Argentine wants the veteran keeper to extend his stay at Camp Nou. This is the last year of contract between Barcelona and Pinto. Victor Valdes number one choice of Barcelona, is set to leave on a free transfer in the summer and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is joining from Borussia Monchengladbach.
There is no doubt over the importance of Messi at Barcelona. So if he wants to play alongside Aguero next season, Barca are likely to give it a go. However, City are almost guaranteed of blocking any move for their striker. And with City on verge of securing a second title in three years, there is little reason to suggest that will change.