Lionel Messi was ‘tempted’ to follow Cesc Fabregas to Arsenal, reveals former agent

No Comments

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Sep 2020 11:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link740Shares Advertisement Messi could have joined Fabregas at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Lionel Messi’s former agent, Fabian Soldini, has revealed the Barcelona icon was ‘tempted’ to follow Cesc Fabregas in moving to Arsenal back in 2003.The Gunners were interested in the Argentine while he was in Barca’s La Masia academy, but a move never materialised due to work permit issues.Fellow academy star Fabregas, however, did end up making the move to Arsenal and enjoyed a successful eight-year spell at the club, before eventually switching back to the Catalan giants in 2011. Lionel Messi was ‘tempted’ to follow Cesc Fabregas to Arsenal, reveals former agent Messi has returned to action for Barca (Picture: Getty Images)Messi’s former representative during his youth days, Soldini, admitted that the winger considered a transfer to north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘[Messi] was tempted to go to Arsenal, but he didn’t go,’ he told Marca.‘I remember the day that Cesc asked to leave. Messi was also asked to go, but he didn’t want to leave.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEx-Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has claimed Arsenal were ‘close’ to signing Messi, but in a recent interview with BBC Sport, former scout Francis Cagigao admitted that while Wenger’s claims may have been slightly overblown, talks between the two parties did in fact take place.‘I think Arsene stated while manager that we were close to signing Messi [in 2003]. I wouldn’t go as far as saying we were close,’ he told BBC Sport.‘We were there or thereabouts and discussions took place with his representatives. He had issues with a work permit, so that was discarded.’MORE: Diego Simeone contacts Lucas Torreira as Atletico Madrid target loan deal with ArsenalMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta confirms no talks have started yet over new Alexandre Lacazette contractFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagelast_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *