Messi ‘Considered Arsenal Move’ After Speaking To Fabregas – Report

By on July 22, 2014

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 our reach, and he ended up signing a new lucrative contract extension with Barca two months ago.

It’s a sensational claim by the newspaper but as unlikely as it sounds on the face of it, you just never know how much truth could be in it. Messi was close to joining Arsenal as a kid and I’m sure he’d have heard great things about the club and Arsene Wenger from Fabregas.

I’m not for one second thinking a deal was a possibility as the financials involved would have been impossible for us to match, but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the great Lionel Messi was considering a switch to the Emirates.

Thankfully we got the next best thing in Alexis Sanchez and we only had to pay a fraction of what Messi would have cost. However, maybe we could reunite the pair again one day in the future….when does Messi’s new deal run out?!

We can but dream…..


  1. nigel hill

    July 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I don’t think wenger would be concerned by 300k a week he is worlds best player he will see rooney on same and consider it a bargain and tbh if he was our only signing this summer you would have felt we could have smashed league is we had rvp last year sadly to say we may have won the league we need someone more complete in front, hopefully sanchez proves to have the strength to show off his talents in the prem

  2. Oyakag

    July 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Aw is joking when a striker was our first option in the market but now is saying he doesn’t want a striker

  3. Ibraheem

    July 22, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Nice joke

  4. Mohamed

    July 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I wonder why people do not understand when Wenger says that we don’t need more strikers. Wenger wants to use Sanchez as a striker. He might delay th plan because of Walcott’s injury but he will finally play there. I see him as a similar player with Suarez and I think he can have similar effect. I addition to him, we have Joel Campbell who is determined to fight for his dream. Those are two additions to what we had last year in Giroud and Sanogo – not forgetting Podolski.
    I wouldn’t mind the arrival of another striker if the manager thinks that he needs one. What I think we need is a DM.

  5. kapanga

    July 22, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    imagine using 200m pounds to lure a natural left winger, center forward and a top class no.6? divide the money and see players we culd av signed, a nice sweet joke!

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  7. Uthman

    July 22, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    What we need nw is a defensive midfielder. And also, England ball is hard more than spain, as he is playing in spain, he cant do so in England. Think of it my gunaz frends pls.

  8. Uthman

    July 22, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Ospina nw d 3rd signing 4 gunaz. Who did u prefer among Szczesny and Ospina to be wearin no. 1. Let me nw, pls add me on 2go in d fflw acct { Guzman100, Jazzyxz and Uthman2260}. Up Gunaz

  9. Godfirst Chibuzor

    July 23, 2014 at 10:33 am

    what we need now DMF and striker and anotheri important now is we dont have striker pls let have us talk about this striker mathar gunner.this season is war all big four are now with sharp striker.what is happen with us gunners.puma pls we need you now about this.where is our striker balotllie ..wenger pls done deal balotllie

  10. Godfirst Chibuzor

    July 23, 2014 at 10:40 am

    i want to ask something gunners to use 200 million buy one pley and use it buy classic three pleyer which one is best.pls i need the answer in my email box….chibuzorgodfirst@yahoo.com..pls what i no is balotllie..

  11. wirkom aloys

    July 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    well lets watch &see i think Wenger is up to something this time around but2 me, Messi is not a priority 2 us.

  12. kola

    July 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Up gunner

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