Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has made his choice.

It appears the departure of his strike partner makes him feel incomplete.

Following the eventual exit of Neymar from Barcelona, Messi has taken the club's transfer policy by the scruff of the neck, and ordered club chiefs to target Tottenham's Dele Alli ahead of Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.

Messi realises the need for world class midfield reinforcement to emulate the glory days of Xavi and Andres Iniesta, and views Alli as a more competent alternative to Coutinho, according to Spanish news outlet Don Balon.

PSG's Italian playmaker Marco Verratti has also been touted as a potential signing, although a move for 21-year-old Alli would be more cost effective.

The England international, who has scored 28 goals in 70 games for Spurs since joining in 2015, would surely be honoured and tempted.

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