Lionel Messi presses Barcelona to complete major swap deal with European giants

Barcelona and Bayern Munich could be in for a massive swap deal amid recommendation from Lionel Messi in the summer of 2020.

Barcelona will have some massive transfers in 2020 and that’s a given because of the fact that some of their most important players are ageing. The Catalans are almost certainly going to bring in an expensive striker as an eventual replacement for Luis Suarez, while there will be the signing of a right back, centre back and defensive midfielder as well.
Ernesto Valverde’s side will not only sanction deals for the purchase of players, they may even look to get rid of a few names. Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal are looking likely to depart the club in January itself, but the Blaugrana may earn most from the sale of Philippe Coutinho, reportedly valued at a mammoth sum of 120 million euros.
Philippe Coutinho has been absolutely brilliant for Bayern Munich this season, starting 16 out of the Bavarians’ 23 fixtures and playing a total of 22 of them to this point. The Brazil international has been incredible for the Bundesliga giants and now he has proven within months of his loan spell that he can be a worthy successor to Franck Ribery.
Diario GOL has claimed that the German champions are keen on exercising their purchase clause for Philippe Coutinho and willing to pay Barcelona’s asking price of 120 million euros. Coutinho himself seems keen on leaving Barca where he has not fitted in and there is all likelihood that the former Liverpool forward will be leaving the Camp Nou for good.
Lionel Messi has asked Barcelona to get not just money out of the deal, but to go and sign Joshua Kimmich. The club’s captain has clearly told his seniors that he wants someone on the right back position that can replicate the quality Jordi Alba has shown at left back, something which both- Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo are not showing.
Joshua Kimmich is currently valued at 80 million euros by the Bavarians, but the fact that he is already a regular in their squad and at 24 has a long career left ahead of him, Bayern Munich may be reluctant in letting him go. Nonetheless, if the deal goes through, Barca will get Kimmich into their roster as well as 40 million euros in their bank.
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