Monaco’s star playmaker could leave the club this summer with £70million said to be the asking price.
Silva’s reputation has grown rapidly in Ligue 1, with his performances in the Champions League also drawing attention.
Europe’s elite clubs are keen on a move, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barca all having been linked.
But Messi is apparently determined to see the 22-year-old arrive at the Nou Camp, helping to build a new winning project.
Bernardo Silva has hugely impressed at Monaco in Ligue 1 and the Champions League
The No10 role is an area Messi believes the Catalan giants need serious strengthening in
Luis Enrique’s departure as manager at the end of the season has seen Barca’s superstars take power in transfer targets.
And according to Spanish outlet Don Balon, the No10 role is an area Messi believes the Catalan giants need serious strengthening in.
Following Xavi’s exit and with Andres Iniesta’s days numbered, there is a need for a long-term solution in attacking midfield.
Silva is claimed to be the one name that sticks out to Lionel Messi and Co.
Lionel Messi believes Barcelona are in need of a world-class No10 this summer
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Super agent Jorge Mendes represents Bernardo Silva at Monaco
A strong future at Barca is seen for the Portugal international, and Monaco fear his time in France is limited due to Silva’s agent Mendes.
The renowned representative will oversee any transfer this summer, with Messi pushing for a switch to Barca.
However, despite Mendes and Messi’s power in sorting Silva’s future, Madrid will not give way easily.
Preisdent Florentino Perez is not taking his eyes off the Monaco ace with Madrid set to battle Barca for his signature, alongside United and Chelsea.