Barcelona news: Lionel Messi wants to upset Real Madrid with Philippe Coutinho alternative
Barcelona look set to tinker with their squad in January, with the signing of Philippe Coutinho being prioritised by Nou Camp chiefs.
The Brazilian was wanted back in the summer but Liverpool held firm, snubbing three bids for the 25-year-old.
And Spanish website Don Balon claims Messi now wants the club to go for Monaco's Thomas Lemar instead - in bad news for Real Madrid.
Lemar has emerged as a potential target for the La Liga champions, particularly with Cristiano Ronaldo struggling to produce his best form.
It is said Messi originally did want Barcelona to focus on Coutinho but has now... read more
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