Messi prefers Coutinho to Ozil at Barca; Can agrees Juve terms

Messi wants Coutinho over Ozil

Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he would prefer the club to sign Philippe Coutinho instead of Mesut Ozil next summer, claims the Daily Mai.

Barca are considering Ozil as a cheaper alternative to Coutinho, who has thus far failed to convince Liverpool to let him leave for the Nou Camp.

But Messi has insisted that Barcelona should pull out all the stops to bring the Brazilian maestro to Spain after revealing his concerns over Ozil’s suitability.

The report suggests the Argentina international is worried about the German’s inconsistent performances for Arsenal, and the fact that he is four years older than Coutinho.

Juventus agree terms with Can

Liverpool contract rebel Emre Can is closing in on a move to Juventus, according to The Sun.

Jurgen Klopp is desperate to keep the midfielder at Anfield, but Can has refused to commit his future to the Reds amid talk of Juve’s interest.

And it has now been reported that the Italian champions have agreed personal terms with the 23-year-old and could look to push through a deal in January.

Can’s contract doesn’t expire until the end of the season but it’s believed he has asked for a huge wage rise, plus a release clause, to consider staying at Liverpool.

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