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The surprising thing Barcelona star Lionel Messi wants after the singing of Philippe Coutinho

BARCELONA star Lionel Messi wants Ousmane Dembele dropped following the club’s signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, according to reports.

Barcelona have finally signed Coutinho, luring the Brazil international away from Liverpool for a huge £142million fee.It means manager Ernesto Valverde is facing a huge selection dilemma with the club now in possession of one of football’s greatest attacking arsenals.

However, Spanish website Diario Gol claims Messi thinks he knows the solution to Barcelona’s problems.

And that is because the 30-year-old reportedly wants Dembele to be dropped for Coutinho when the latter is fit.

Coutinho missed out on one final Liverpool appearance due to injury.

He was also absent for Barcelona today as they won 3-0 in his absence.

Dembele, who started his first La Liga game in four months, started against Levante but struggled to produce a convincing display.

Time is on the Frenchman’s side despite the 20-year-old being under pressure to repay the £120m Barcelona paid to sign him from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

And, as a result, Diario Gol say Messi feels he should be patient in trying to win a place in Valverde’s side.

Messi reportedly wants Coutinho to play alongside himself and Luis Suarez when the former Liverpool star is ready for action.

Yet whether or not Valverde bows to his demands, whoever, remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Coutinho has expressed his delight at leaving Liverpool for Barcelona after months of uncertainty.

“Hi Barca fans, I’m already here,” Coutinho said on Barcelona’s Instagram account.

“It’s a dream come true.

“I hope to see you tomorrow.”

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