Lionel Messi told Barcelona he would only sign a new contract if they signed Sadio Mane, agent confirms

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Lionel Messi demanded Barcelona to sign Sadio Mane before eventually deciding to leave for PSG; according to Bacary Cisse ( Mane’s agent ).

As his Barca contract started to run down last year; Messi went into negotiations with the club before moving to France in a stunning deal due to the LaLiga’s side’s financial woes.

The signing of Mane, who was playing for Liverpool at the time, was one of Messi’s demands when he was negotiating for the new deal.

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That’s according to Mane’s agent, Bacary Cisse, who speaking to RMC Sport said:

Last year it could have also happened with FC Barcelona. ‘It was Lionel Messi who imposed Sadio Mane in the deal when it was a question of him extending to Barca. He had given two names: Sadio Mane and an Argentinian central defender

Bacary Cisse, Mane’s agent

He went on to say that PSG were also interested in the signature of Mane but the departure of Leonard; who was the club chief at the time meant the deal never materialized.

Source: Daily Mail

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