Messi’s unanswered question to Koeman before Barcelona transfer request

Lionel Messi reportedly wanted to know which players Barcelona were planning on signing this summer before he submitted the transfer request that has stunned football.

The Barca icon met with the club's new manager Ronald Koeman to seek assurances about his and the club's plans going forward, with significant investment needed if the squad wanted to get back to challenging for the Champions League.

However Cadena SER report that Koeman wasn't able to provide Messi with an answer, citing the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis on football as a reason why Barca need to sell players this summer before they can bring any in.

Although the meeting is described as containing "a lot of mutual respect" between the pair, it clearly didn't provide Messi with any reassurance as he submitted his request to leave days later.

The same report cites the Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez and the Manchester City defender Eric Garcia as two players Barca want to buy this summer, but other players will have to be taken off the wage bill first.

New Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes spoke on Wednesday at the unveiling of youngster Francisco Trincao, and insisted that the club are doing all they can to placate their captain.

"You have to have enormous respect for Leo because of what he is and because of his history. We are not thinking about any contractual clause," he said.

"Messi's marriage to Barca has given both parties a lot, much joy to the fans and internally we are working to convince Messi, to find the best solution for Barca and for Messi.

"We are making additions like Pedri and Trincao to make a winning and young team, all clubs are regenerating.

"It is not a dispute between Messi and Barcelona, ​​neither deserve it. We are working to make a winning Barca."

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