Because according to Metro, Lionel Messi was reportedly interested in a move to Arsenal before he signed a new contract with Barcelona.
The Argentine superstar, who finally proved he can be a hit on the World Cup stage this summer, eventually agreed a contract extension just two months ago.
But apparently Messi was seriously considering a switch to the Emirates Stadium before sorting out an arrangement to stay at the Camp Nou.
Reports suggest that Messi had spoken to then Barcelona team-mate and friend Cesc Fabregas about his time in North London.
His agent was reportedly sent to discuss whether a deal could be done with the Gunners but that is when Barcelona stepped up their attempts to secure the long-term future of the world’s best footballer.
Before joining Barcelona as a youngster, Messi had the chance to join Arsenal and it is thought that the Argentine is a huge admirer of Arsene Wenger and his philosophies as a coach.
Arsenal fans. Just how good would it have been for your club to lure Messi to the club? Do you believe the rumours? Let us know your thoughts below.
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