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Barcelona must keep Paco Alcacer, says Messi

Barcelona must keep Paco Alcacer, says Messi

Lionel Messi has been vocal of late as to who Barcelona should and should not bring in the next two transfer windows.

But this time, the Argentine has told the board that they must not let team-mate Paco Alcacer go, despite the Spaniard only moving for €30 million 18 months ago, according to Don Balon.

The former Valencia forward has only scored eight goals in La Liga since joining the club, but has become an important cog up front in recent times.

Messi speaking up again

This is not the first time that Messi has spoken to the board about potential transfers at Barcelona.

According to the Mirror, The club’s record goalscorer has previously told Barca they should target Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal over Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool, while he has remarked that the board should not push to sign French international Antoine Griezmann, as per the Daily Express.

This time Messi hopes his significant influence can keep Alcacer at the club after a slow start to life in Barcelona.

Alcacer leaving?

Brought in as the fourth forward, behind Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, he was always going to struggle to get into the first-team.

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Despite Neymar leaving in the summer and his replacement, Ousmane Dembele picking up a long-term injury, he has still struggled to become a regular starter, with just three so far in La Liga this season.

Yet, recent contributions have caught the eye of Barca’s greatest talent, with Alcacer ensuring victory with a goal in the recent Champions League fixture against Sporting Lisbon, as well as, netting twice in the 2-1 win over Sevilla in November.

At the weekend, the Spaniard came off the bench to set up Suarez for the opening goal as Barca won 2-0 against Villarreal, with Messi clinching a late second for the Catalan outfit.

At just 24 years of age, there is still a lot that Alcacer can learn and improve from his team-mates, while there will not be many better forwards that Barcelona could get cheaply and who are happy to play second fiddle.