Lionel Messi wants Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to join him at Barcelona

The Argentina forward is urging his club to bring in his international team-mate

Lionel Messi is urging Barcelona to sign Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero this summer, according to reports.

The four-time Ballon d'Or winner is currently negotiating a new contract at the Nou Camp, and according to Catalan television station TV3, is stipulating that the club bring in his Argentina team-mate as part of the deal.

The feasibility and sense of signing Aguero are complicated.

Manchester City, who will win the Premier League if they pick up four points in their final two games of the season, will be reluctant to sell their star player, despite the 25-year-old being troubled by injuries this season.

Even if Barcelona managed to prise Aguero away from the Etihad, for what would have to be a fee in excess of £50m, fitting him into the team would pose problems. With Messi, Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Pedro and Cristian Tello already at their disposal, finding a regular starting birth in a side they regularly plays with one striker, and sometimes none at all, would be problematic.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi reacts during the La Liga defeat to Granada Barcelona forward Lionel Messi reacts during the La Liga defeat to Granada  

As well as urging the club to move for Aguero, Messi also wants goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto to be offered a new deal according to TV3.

 

It has been a troubled year for Barcelona with last summer's signing of Neymar being investigated, their La Liga crown likely to pass to either Real or Atletico Madrid, defeat in the Copa del Rey final and a quarter-final end to their Champions League campaign.

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