Lionel Messi is keen for Barcelona to bring Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to the Nou Camp.TV3 says Messi is close to striking a deal with the Catalan giants but has asked Barcelona to sign Aguero and offer goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto a contract renewal.

He is set to earn around £16.5million a year with up to £3m in bonuses and the economic terms are nearly settled upon.

During negotiations, Messi's father, Jorge, met the club's general director Antoni Rossich and economic vice-president Javier Faus on Tuesday, when it is believed the signing of Aguero was raised.

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