Sharing is caring!Facebook0Twitter0Google+0Pinterest0An extraordinary story has come out of Spain today with reports claiming that Lionel Messi was ‘s...
An extraordinary story has come out of Spain today with reports claiming that Lionel Messi was ‘seriously considering’ a move to Arsenal before signing a contract extension at Barcelona towards the end of last season.
There were rumours circulating throughout the course of last season that Messi wasn’t entirely content at the Nou Camp with the likes of PSG and even Man City reportedly monitoring his situation.
However, according to Spanish newspaper Vozpopuli, Messi gave serious consideration to making a sensational move to Arsenal and spoke to then-team mate Cesc Fabregas about life in north London.
The paper claims that Messi even instructed his agent to hold talks with Arsenal about whether a transfer could realistically happen, should he decide to quit the Catalan giants.
With a reported £200m buy-out clause and wages of over £12m per season, I think it’s safe to say Messi was out of their reach, and he ended up signing a new lucrative contract extension with Barca two months ago.
Messi missed out on the Ballon d’Or as best player in the world to Cristiano Ronaldo, but still scored 41 goals in 44 games and would have instantly made Arsenal title contenders.
However, signing him would have smashed their record transfer fee (£42.5m for Mesut Ozil) as well as their wage structure.
Arsenal meanwhile signed his teammate, Alexis Sanchez and have agreed a £3m deal for Colombia keeper David Ospina from Nice.