Lionel Messi is being strongly linked with a possible transfer to play within the Premier League, 17 years on from his first English strategy.
Shockwaves spiralled around the soccer world on Tuesday night as Messi formally expressed his need to half methods with Barcelona.
Manchester City presently sit the favourites to safe his signature in a transfer that will see him reunite with Pep Guardiola.
Again in 2003 although, it was Arsenal who expressed an curiosity.
Arsene Wenger confirmed a number of years again that he had made an try and lure the Argentina celebrity to the north London membership when he was a teen.
Messi has since gone on to turn into one of many best footballers of all time, profitable numerous main honours and the Ballon d’Or on six events.
“It was within the interval when Fabregas got here, as a result of Fabregas and Messi performed collectively in the identical group,” mentioned Wenger, of the time he tried to signal Messi.
“We needed to take Fabregas, Messi and [Gerard] Pique and it labored just for Fabregas.
“Ultimately, Messi was snug in Barcelona.”