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Wenger Explains How Close Arsenal Came To Signing Messi

Arsene Wenger Explains How Close Arsenal Came To Signing Lionel Messi

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 20, 2018 03:31 PM @KurtLaduma

Outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed how close the Gunners were to signing Argentine superstar Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona years ago.

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The Frenchman is set to officially leave Arsenal after 22 years in charge once his contract runs out in June, and he has recently been talking a lot about his long reign as manager.

Wenger recently gave some insight into the luring of Cesc Fabregas from the Catalan giants in 2003, and also explained he was after defender Gerard Pique and Messi.

"The story of Cesc Fabregas is that Franny Cagiago and Steve Rowley brought the player here and we had to convince him," he said, according to Daily Star.

"I met Cesc’s parents and at the time we were interested in Messi and Pique as well.

"We tried for the three but of course it didn’t work out, but we got a gem there in Cesc and he is an exceptional player. A brain for football.

"(It didn’t work out with Messi and Pique) because of the agents.

“I think it was linked with Nike at the time and they wanted Pique to go to Man Utd.

"With Messi, Barcelona didn’t want to lose him of course and they made [the offer] that was needed to keep the player at the club.

"I don’t really know if Messi was interested… I couldn’t get close to try to force the deal because Barcelona stopped that possibility very early."

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Messi was also pursued by Italian side Inter Milan when he was younger, but decided against leaving the Blaugrana.

Do you think Messi would have succeeded in England? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Matt93 Joined: 07 Apr 2015
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Matt93 May 21, 2018 09:32 AM
Just google wenger's almost signed 11,then you will take us out of this misery. Wenger failed to sign... Zlatan ibrahimovic ..he asked him for trials and he replied "zlatan does not do auditions" He played Yaya toure in a friendly But "wasnt impressed,plus who needs Yaya toure if you have Gilberto silva" Wenger had a chance to sign Gareth bale but opted for theo walcott as he had "ashley cole" as a left back who went to chelsea,the same year. He knew about Anthony Martial first but did not need him as he already had a "better player" in Joel Campbell..... Lol there are so many flukes he's done.
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alizebucs1986 Joined: 30 Jun 2017
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alizebucs1986 May 21, 2018 09:20 AM
Messi is a La liga Player Wena Cowditor,it shows more in the Champions League against those tough Italian Defenders that he would fail dismally in Italy.
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Mentashe Joined: 21 Dec 2015
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Mentashe May 21, 2018 09:19 AM
WHY ARE WE HEARING ABOUT WENGER'S FAILURE ALL THE TIME, LAST WEEK IT WAS ABOUT HOW HE FAILED TO GET pENALDO BUT CLOSE, WHO'S NEXT NEYMAR?
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Myaka weliPhefeni May 20, 2018 11:11 PM
Ovious cowditor Messi cld succes everywhere

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