Lionel Messi has reportedly urged Barcelona to complete the signing of Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria in the January transfer window.
Di Maria enjoyed a good start to his life at PSG since joining them two years ago. However, the arrival of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the summer has restricted his playing time. He has started in eight matches in all competitions for Unai Emery's side this season.
According to the French publication Le10Sport, the Catalan club has set sights on making a fresh approach for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho. The Brazil international was wanted by Barcelona in the summer, but their multiple approaches were turned down by the Reds.
Coutinho still remains a priority target for Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde ahead of the mid-season transfer window, reports Mundo Deportivo. However, Le10Sport claims Messi wants the club to end interest in the former Inter Milan man and complete the signing of Di Maria.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has urged Barcelona's hierarchy to bring his compatriot to the Camp Nou, instead of Coutinho in January. The Argentine international's current deal at Barcelona runs down after the end of the season.
His former club teammate and Barcelona legend Xavi has urged the forward to complete his career with his current employers after signing an extension. Messi has urged the La Liga leaders to agree to his demands in regards to recruitment before putting pen to paper on the contract.
It should be seen whether Barcelona will agree to Messi's demands. One of them includes sealing the deal for Di Maria. PSG value their attacker around €75m (£66.5m, $88.7m), but will listen to offers if Barcelona make a bid of €60m (£53.3m, $71m) for the former Benfica man.
Di Maria moved to Parc des Princes in 2015, a year after joining Manchester United from Real Madrid. He struggled with his life in England and was of the impression the Red Devils signed him to sell shirts.