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Barcelona Draw Up Five-Player Wishlist to Convince Lionel Messi to Stay at Camp Nou

By Amreen
Lionel Messi has been linked with a switch away from Barcelona since last summer
Lionel Messi has been linked with a switch away from Barcelona since last summer / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona have reportedly drawn up a five-player shortlist they hope will convince Lionel Messi to stay at the club in the summer. The Argentine has been linked with a move away from Camp Nou since putting in a transfer request last summer, with both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain keen on signing him.

Messi is out of contract in the summer and is yet to provide an update on his future. However, Barcelona are hoping to provide their captain with some much-needed motivation to commit his future to the club.

According to the Express, the LaLiga giants have added five players to their summer wishlist to rebuild their squad and persuade Messi to stay.

Borussia Dortmund's in-form striker Erling Haaland tops their list, while Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt is also being targeted to link up with his former Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong. Sevilla's 22-year-old rising star - Jules Kounde is another option to provide stability in their defence, but is reportedly also on Manchester United's wishlist.

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has long been linked to a summer move to Barcelona, and the report claims that the club are also eyeing Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, who is out of contract at the end of the season. Aguero is close friends with Messi, and Barca want to pair them up.

However, the club still has the small matter of debt they need to deal with before they can splurge on any new players. Reports in the past have revealed that Barcelona owe transfer fees to a number of clubs as well as are indebted to several banks.

They are looking to sell multiple players in the summer, including Philippe Coutinho and Antonio Griezmann, but it remains to be seen if they will have the firepower to indulge in a transfer battle for the likes of Haaland and Kounde, who are being courted by a number of top European clubs.