Messi Wants Barcelona to Sign Aguero, Express Says: Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Aguero Interest

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi told his club that it should sign Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, the Daily Express said.

While Barcelona’s interest in signing Messi’s fellow Argentine dimmed when it brought in Neymar from Brazil before this season, Messi’s intervention may renew interest in the former Atletico Madrid striker, the newspaper said.

City doesn’t want to sell Aguero, and Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino may be more interested in shoring up his defensive options, the newspaper said.

Dzeko Departure?

Arsenal may move for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, who is looking to increase his playing time after backing up City’s attackers, the Daily Mirror said.

The Gunners are looking to ease the pressure on Olivier Giroud, who has been the north London’s club main striker this season, the newspaper said.

Dzeko has been unhappy with his lack of game time this season, the Mirror said.

Goodbye to Ba?

Chelsea striker Demba Ba is considering a move to Besiktas in Turkey after being frustrated with not playing at the west London club, the Evening Standard said.

The 28-year-old moved to Chelsea in January and has scored just twice in the league, leaving him looking for more opportunities, the newspaper said.

Several clubs -- including West Ham and Arsenal -- were considering bids for the player, and with Chelsea thinking of signing Porto striker Jackson Martinez, Ba is ready to move on, the newspaper said.

Borussia Replacement?

Borussia Dortmund may beat Liverpool to the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa as the German club prepares to lose Robert Lewandowski at the end of the season, the Daily Mail said.

Costa has been a target for Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, which made a failed bid before the season, the newspaper said. Lewandowski is expected to join European champion Bayern Munich when his contract expires after this season, the newspaper said.

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