Messi was ‘tempted’ by Arsenal approach
Messi’s former agent, Fabian Soldini, told Marca the forward was ‘tempted’ by a move to the Gunners but eventually opted to stay with Barcelona, where he has scored more than 600 goals, won numerous titles and established himself as one of the greatest players of all time.
It is understood a move for Messi would have been complicated by work permit issues which may have ultimately stopped Arsenal from signing the Argentine legend.
Arsene Wenger has previously claimed Gerard Pique was very close to joining the Gunners before choosing Manchester United earlier in his career.
Potential Elneny suitors ‘not interested’
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is not wanted by Hamburg.
Reports in Germany claimed Mikel Arteta could sell the Egyptian international in the current transfer window to HSV to raise funds for other targets. However, Hamburger Morgenpost reports the German club are not interested in signing the Gunners midfielder.
The report also states Hamburg have shown no interest in holding discussions with the Arsenal hierarchy amid speculation Elneny could be sold before October’s transfer deadline.
Nwakali reveals Gunners contact
Former Arsenal midfielder Kelechi Nwakali has explained why he chose to join the club in 2015, and has revealed he remains in contact with the Premier League side.
The midfielder impressed at the Under-17 World Cup five years ago and subsequently won the Golden Ball award during the tournament.
That recognition earned the midfielder a move to Arsenal and he recently opened up to Tribal Football about why he chose the Gunners.
“After the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile, there were lot of clubs that were interested in my signature,” he said.
“I can’t say whether Manchester United was among them or not. I knew many clubs wanted me, but I chose Arsenal because of their good history in the promotion and development of young players at the club.”
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Nwakali didn’t make an appearance for Arsenal due to work permit issues and left in 2019 for Spanish side Huesca.
However, when asked if he would consider a return to Arsenal in the future, Nwakali replied: “Anything is possible in football. I still talk to the director of the club.”
He added: “We keep learning every day. The process of getting UK work permit is long.
“With what I have learned in Europe in my few years now, I think it is better getting a club in Europe first, before coming to England and with that, you don’t need all those long process again of getting a work permit.”