Lionel Messi opposes €100m Barcelona signing, identifies alternative instead

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has reportedly had his say on the club’s possible future transfer business, and for him, it shouldn’t involved Antoine Griezmann.

The Catalan giants have splashed out on Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in the last two transfer windows, signing key figures for both the short-term and long-term future.

However, it doesn’t appear as though they’ll stop there, as Don Balon, as re-reported by The Express, report that Atletico Madrid’s Griezmann was on their radar next.

The French international has a release clause of €100m in his current contract, as per the report, but it’s claimed that Messi doesn’t want him and would prefer the club to sign compatriot Paulo Dybala from Juventus instead.

Ernesto Valverde has done an excellent job to his point after being appointed last summer, guiding Barcelona to top spot in La Liga while they remain on course to challenge for the Copa del Rey and Champions League.

In turn, it will be important that he doesn’t upset the balance created in the side, as with Dembele and Coutinho currently sidelined with injuries, there will be a transitional period of bringing them in and developing their game to become focal points in the Barca line-up.

Adding another superstar could be tricky, but in Messi’s opinion, as per the report, it appears as though he’s convinced that Dybala would be the more sensible addition rather than Griezmann.

The 24-year-old has grown into a star and influential figure with Juventus, scoring 59 goals in 122 games for the Turin giants since his move from Palermo in 2015.

With key figures around him leaving, most notably the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba, he’s had to grow into a bigger role and take on more responsibility, and combine that with the technical class and flair that he possess, he may well fit in perfectly at the Nou Camp if Messi gets his way.

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