Lionel Messi is keen to play a part in helping Barcelona recruit in the summer with rivals Real Madrid set to splash the cash.
Barcelona are yet to announce who will replace Luis Enrique at the end of the season and Messi is reportedly putting names forward he’d like to see at the Nou Camp.
And Spanish publication Diario Gol claim Atletico Madrid defender Hernandez is top of his wishlist.
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The 19-year-old’s performances on loan at Alaves this season have not gone unnoticed with Liverpool also said to be keeping tabs on him.
Barcelona and Real remain the frontrunners for his signature although it’s unlikely Atletico would sell to their arch rivals at the Bernabeu.
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The report claims Messi has put forward Hernandez’s name and given his approval to Barcelona making a move for him.
Barcelona’s sporting director Roberto Fernandez has already made enquiries for his services, while Real chief Florentino Perez is said to have made contact too.
Hernandez, who is under contract with Atletico until 2021, is understood to have a release clause of £20.5million.