Lionel Messi is trying to tempt Barcelona into a 2016 January move for Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria, according to El Confidencial.
Argentine international Di Maria has struggled to make an impact at Man United this season, despite his triumphs last season in which he helped Real Madrid win the Champions League.
Now, linked with a summer exit from Old Trafford, Madrid’s bitter rivals Barcelona are strong contenders to sign the former Benfica man.
And, it is understood that Leo Messi is trying to convince the Camp Nou club to agree a deal in principle for January 2016, when the Catalan club are allowed to re-sign players after their transfer ban is over.
El Confidencial say that Messi no longer wants the club to sign Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero after the success of Luis Suarez, and has moved on to ask the club to sign Di Maria.