Report reveals which Liverpool star Lionel Messi asked Barcelona to stay put
A report has revealed which Liverpool player Lionel Messi wants at Barcelona if he is to extend his trophy-laden career with the Catalan giants.
Barca legend Messi left the club on a free transfer last summer, having established himself as one of the all-time greats during his time at Camp Nou.
The LaLiga side’s perilous financial situation has made it impossible to renew Messi’s contract, with the Argentine heading to PSG instead.
Messi, however, made serious attempts to stay at the club. He even reduced a large part of his salary, to avoid having to leave.
And now ESPN jorge ramos revealed that the 34-year-old had other demands for him to stay.
One of them was for Barca to sign the striker from Liverpool Sadio Mane. Messi wanted the team to be significantly strengthened, and Mane was part of that upgrade.
The report adds that Messi values the Senegalese star very highly and initial talks have taken place. However, talks were smooth and sweet as Anfield chiefs had no intention of selling.
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Liverpool reportedly demanded a large sum for Mane, while being fully aware of Barca’s financial difficulties.
Mane, who led Senegal to Africa Cup of Nations glory against Reds team-mate Mo Salah on Sundaycurrently has 18 months remaining on his contract.
The report ends by stating that Barcelona are unlikely to renew their interest in the winger. Next summer, their whole focus should be on trying to bring Erling Haaland to the club.
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