Lionel Messi blocks Barcelona’s transfer for Ousmane Dembele’s ideal replacement

Barcelona have been asked to get the best out of their current squad rather than spend on signing players at this point in time by Lionel Messi.

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele’s season went from bad to worse after it was confirmed that he has a complete hamstring tear as he was recovering from an earlier injury. The news means that the France international will almost certainly join Luis Suarez on the treatment table for the remainder of the season.

Having already said farewell to the Copa del Rey and finding themselves three points behind Real Madrid in La Liga, things are not looking very positive for the Blaugrana with nearly half of the season still to cut. Dembele’s injury means that they are allowed to sign a replacement for him in the coming days, with Getafe’s Angel being a key target.

Angel has done a very good job at Getafe, plus is 32 years old and hence could be a decent yet experienced short-term replacement for the former Borussia Dortmund winger. Getafe have inserted a release clause worth 10 million euros in his contract, but that seems to be non-negotiable since the transfer window has already ended and Angel is crucial player.

El Desmarque has reported that Lionel Messi has vetoed the player’s arrival and asked Barca to pass on the likes of Willian Jose, Christhian Stuani and others they were targeting. The captain feels that it wouldn’t make sense to make a short-term signing for just three months of the season and more so when the players would need time to settle in.

Instead, the Catalans have been told to rely on Ansu Fati and Antoine Griezmann for their attacking contributions. The 17 year old is having a sublime campaign at the Camp Nou and was on target against Levante twice last week whereas Antoine Griezmann is also slowly but steadily delivering the goods making Messi’s job a tad-bit easier.

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