LIONEL MESSI has reportedly warned Barcelona to beat Real Madrid to a transfer this summer.
Both sides are desperate for fresh faces as they look to build on indifferent seasons.
Barca won the domestic double and almost went the season unbeaten but they endured a disappointing European campaign.
Fierce rivals Real Madrid secured their fourth Champions League title in five seasons but they had a miserable time in La Liga, finishing 17 points behind Barca in third.
The Spanish pair have been linked with a number of players, including Mohamed Salah, Neymar and Antoine Griezmann.
Lionel Messi has reportedly warned Barcelona to sign Tottenham star Christian Eriksen
“Barcelona are looking to replace outgoing legend Andres Iniesta, while Real are keen to add quality to their midfield, with a major squad makeover expected.”
And reports in Spain have suggested that they’re set to go head-to-head for Tottenham star Christian Eriksen.
According to Don Balon, a Spanish outlet famous for its outlandish transfer claims, the Danish playmaker is in high demand this summer.
Barcelona are looking to replace outgoing legend Andres Iniesta, while Real are keen to add quality to their midfield, with a major squad makeover expected.
And the report claims that Messi has urged the Catalan giants to bring the 26-year-old to the Nou Camp at all costs.
Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is being targeted by Barcelona and Real Madrid
The Argentine is reportedly frustrated that Barca have been beaten to signings by Real in the past, including Luka Modric, Isco and Toni Kroos.
Don Balon report that Messi believes Eriksen will fit perfectly into Barcelona’s system, slotting into a star-studded attack including Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.
Eriksen isn’t the only Spurs star linked with a move to La Liga, with Harry Kane also a long-term target of Real Madrid.