Messi has asked Barca to buy a Bayern Munich star this summer to agree to a contract extension that will end at the end of next season.
Messi will end his contract with Barca at the end of next season but has yet to agree to an extension. According to the Spanish media, Messi wants Barca to strengthen the force to compete for all titles in the next season to agree to a longer-term attachment to the Catalan club.
In particular, the source of Don Balon said that Messi wants Barca to sign Joshua Kimmich, the new star to help Bayern Munich win Dortmund to take a big step to the Bundesliga championship this season.
However, it is not until now that Kimmich’s name is widely known. The versatile German player has been a hit since 2015 when Pep Guardiola was introduced to Bayern Munich’s first team.
Coming from a defensive midfielder, Kimmich can play many positions from right-back, center-back, defensive midfielder to attacking midfielder or winger. In any position, Kimmich kicked his shoulders, even playing well.
Last year, former Barca player Xavi Hernandez recommended Kimmich to his former team and said that the German player would be suitable for Barca thanks to his clever play, dispute, good dribbling and especially the fighting spirit.
As revealed by Don Balon, Messi directly called President Josep Bartomeu to ask Barca management to find a way to buy Kimmich this summer. However, Kimmich still has a contract with Bayern Munich until June 2023 and neither side wants to end their predestined relationship at the moment.
Therefore, Barca may have to spend a large amount of money to change the mind of Bayern Munich, or switch to looking for another target. Currently, Barca is planning to add two strikers and left-back positions with the top goals of Lautaro Martinez and Nicolas Tagliafico.
Both players are eager for the prospect of joining Barca but Inter Milan and Ajax do not want to sell their pillars. With Martinez, Inter demanded Barca pay 111 million euros in contract clearance fees.