Barcelona are flying high in La Liga this season but still trail Real Madrid by two points at the top.
And in the battle for dominance in Spain and across Europe, Messi is keen for Barcelona to make the necessary changes needed in the transfer window.
Barcelona are confident Messi will sign a new deal but the forward wants to ensure the future is bright at the Nou Camp before he does.
Lionel Messi wants to ensure the future is bright for Barcelona
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Spanish publication Diario Gol claim the Argentine wants the club to sign a star striker.
Monaco duo Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva are thought to be the names Messi is a fan of while Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele is also mentioned in the report.
Messi also feels Barcelona need to address their right-back issues having failed to fully replace Dani Alves.
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And the name attracting interest from the Argentina international is Arsenal's Hector Bellerin.
Hector Bellerin has been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months
Lionel Messi is thought to be a big fan of Kylian Mbappe
The Spaniard only signed a new long-term deal with the Gunners back in November but recently refused to rule out a return to the Nou Camp.
With Messi urging Barcelona to sign Bellerin and one top quality forward there will need to be some departures from the club.
The report claims the 29-year-old would welcome the exits of Andre Gomes, Paco Alcacer and Arda Turan.