Mikel Arteta gives his view on Messi and the possibility of him coming to England

One of the most interesting and biggest football stories flying around now is that Lionel Messi is set to leave Barcelona.

The Argentinean, who is widely regarded as the best player in the world, has watched as his beloved Barcelona team finished the 2019/2020 season trophyless.

They have had to fire two managers in the last year and Ronald Koeman has just been named their new manager.

The Dutchman is looking to make some changes to the setup at the club and he has reportedly told Luis Suarez that his services will not be needed any longer and he also told Lionel Messi that his privileges will be taken from him (AS).

The team most likely to sign the Argentinean star is Manchester City as a reunion with Pep Guardiola might be too good to turn down for him.

Mikel Arteta was asked about the prospect of the attacker coming to the Premier League and he welcomed the idea.

Ambitious City is leading the chase for the Argentine superstar and Arteta says via Sun Sports: “If Messi comes to England we’re all going to enjoy it.

“I have been a Barcelona fan since I was a young boy and it’s sad to see the best player in football history leaving that club.

“He has been linked with more clubs than any other player in the world but even if he comes to one of our Premier League rivals it will be good for football.

“If you want to have the most competitive league in the world you need to have the best players. And in my opinion Messi is the greatest of all time.

“I remember the times I played against Cristiano Ronaldo when he was at Manchester United and it was great for all of us because he helped to raise the level of every individual and every team.”

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  1. I bet chelsea had wished they had waited before spending £160m on a new front 3!

    But in truth, chelsea city and united are the only ones in our league that can broker a deal.
    Off of that, outsiders would be liverpool- boosted by their new sponsorship deal.
    Dont be surprised if that rumour becomes concrete!!

    On a separate note, Doherty to Spurs is a good signing. He was one of my realistic 3 to get this summer and proven by his potential move for £15m.

  2. I cannot say that Messi wil not come to our Prem BUT before that can happen there are many things that need to happen. Firstly, we only know that Messi has asked for a transfer and that may be ploy to get rid of their President whom MESSI WANTS OUT. THERE IS A LIKELY HUGE TRANSFER FEE FOR A 33 YEAR OLD AND HUGE WAGES TOO which will destroy a buying clubs wage structure(presumably City) IF it ever happens , which I personallly doubt.

    That some Gooners are treating is as a done deal is incredibly naive and rather sad to me, as a thinking fan.

  3. The best player I have ever seen but time waits for no man and in many ways it would be sad to witness his decline close up so to speak.Even 5 years ago he would have lit up our League and filled every stadium he visited.I would not put money on him leaving Barca but what are the odds JonF?

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