Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was once interested in bringing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to Arsenal.
The Frenchman, who has decided to end his 22-year stay with the Gunners, has revealed that he had a number of key men on his radar in the early stages of his career and the Argentina international was a surprise name.
In an interview with the Arsenal team website, Wenger revealed he tried to lure the superstar away from the Camp Nou but struggled to make a deal happen.
“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,” he told the club’s official website via The Guardian.
The Arsenal manager will surely regret the failure to lure Messi to the capital, as the Argentine superstar has earned the right to be named one of the greatest players to have ever played the game.
Now valued at £162million, as per transfermarkt.com, the 30-year-old has gone on to break a number of records at Barcelona, having played in over 600 matches and scoring over 550 goals.
In fact, it has also been revealed that Wenger had the chance to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to the Gunners as well, however, he was beaten to the punch by Manchester United.
The Red Devils decided to pay a higher fee than the Emirates Stadium outfit and used their relationship with Carlos Queiroz to be the difference.