Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi, has advised Barcelona to stop their relentlessly pursuit of Neymar, and rather go for a cheaper alternative.
The Catalans have been asked to pay the Brazil international’s transfer fees in cash and that has put them in a tightrope.
According to reports in Spanish media, Messi has asked the Spanish giants to look at Bayern Munich superstar, David Alaba as an option.
The Austria international has been at the Allianz Arena since 2009 and with just one year left on his contract, he has told the club’s executives that he wishes to leave and has no intention of renewing.
Messi believes Jordi Alba also needs a backup and David Alaba could be the perfect candidate. Moreover, the 27 year old is capable of playing as a left winger as well and in fact, he has been utilized in that role by Bayern Munich quite frequently by numerous coaches.
He does well on free-kicks and being a left-footed left winger, Alaba can step outside and shoot on goal.
Junior Firpo was the player initially on Barcelona’s radar in their quest to sign a deputy for Jordi Alba. However, exposed tweets revealed that the Real Betis defender had insulted Messi several times on social media so the club will consider again before moving for him. Additionally, he is worth 50 million euros as opposed to Alaba- who is valued at 35 million euros.
What do you think; should Barcelona insist on Neymar or save money and go for a cheaper option?