After missing out on the La Liga title to Real Madrid, Barcelona look set to tinker with their squad this summer.
Valverde has been installed as the new man in the Nou Camp hotseat, charged with the task of restoring them as the division's leading superpower after three years under Luis Enrique.
The former Athletic Bilbao boss wants to put his own spin on the club in order to ensure they fight Real for both the European and domestic prizes on offer next season.
One name being backed to be shown the exit door is left-back Jordi Alba, who toiled under Enrique this season and is being linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea as a result.
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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde reportedly wants to sell Jordi Alba
Lionel Messi is desperate for Jordi Alba to stay at Barcelona
And Spanish outlet Don Balon report that Messi has ordered Valverde to keep his close friend, believing he is still one of the best full-backs in world football.
Barcelona have failed to sign Theo Hernandez but reports say they are set to sign a left-back as part of their summer spending spree.
Messi supposedly thinks Alba is the key to himself, Neymar and Luis Suarez thriving in front of goal due to his lung-bursting surges down either flank.
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Lionel Messi wants Jordi Alba to stay at Barcelona
The Argentina international also thinks that selling a defender of his talents would be a mistake comparable with the one of letting Dani Alves join Juventus last summer.
Alves was allowed to leave the club after a glittering eight-year spell, but has since driven Juventus to the brink of a league and Champions League double.
As a result, Valverde is reportedly considering raiding Arsenal for Hector Bellerin, who has long been tipped as one of the club's key targets.
Other players being linked with Barcelona include Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti, Juventus' Paulo Dybala and Monaco hotshot Kylian Mbappe.