The player Messi asked Barcelona to sign before renewing his contract

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Messi wants Di Maria at Barcelona. EFE/Archivo

The player Messi asked Barcelona to sign before renewing his contract

Tom Smith by Tom Smith @besoccer_com - 1 9,811

Lionel Messi has finally signed a new deal at Barcelona, but it was by no means a straight forward process. According to 'El Chiringuito TV', a stumbling block in negotiations was the club's inability to sign Angel Di Maria.

Messi was adamant that he would only sign a new deal with Barcelona if the club used the money from Neymar's sale to fund a move for another star player, which in this case was Di Maria.

It is no secret that the Argentinian duo share a good relationship. They always get on well while on international duty and have reached a World Cup final together.

The aforementioned source does mention that the PSG forward could still join Messi and co. given the French giants’ need to balance the books after a summer of huge spending.

Barcelona could also take advantage of that knowledge to command negotiations over a transfer price.

Will we see Di Maria in a Barcelona shirt in the coming months? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Tom Smith

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