Lionel Messi to Arsenal: Gunners fans launch crowdfund project to pay for Barcelona superstar's reported £600,000-a-week wages

Messi was linked with a move to Arsenal that would see him paid a world record £600,000-a-week

Jack de Menezes
Tuesday 17 November 2015 11:24
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Lionel Messi has been linked with a move to Arsenal
Lionel Messi has been linked with a move to Arsenal

Arsenal fans have taken reports that Lionel Messi wants to a move to the Emirates with a pinch of salt, with one fan comically asking 599,999 other supporters to help pay the Barceloa maestro’s wages.

The Daily Star ran a report on Monday claiming that Messi is keen on moving to Arsenal providing they can cough up what would be a world record wage of £600,000-a-week. Given the frugal spenders that are Arsenal, fans clearly didn’t buy into this and took to Twitter to voice their humour at reading such a transfer rumour.

Messi has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp in the past, with both Manchester City and Chelsea toured as possible destinations should the unthinkable happen and Barcelona decide to sell the four-time Ballon d’Or winner.

The 28-year-old Argentina international would cost in the region of £200m should anyone wish to snap him up on a transfer, and on wages of £600,000-a-week, the Gunners would have to shell out nearly £1bn extra to pay him.

But one Arsenal fan has come up with a unique way to bay for Messi’s wages. Twitter user @matt_clarky has offered to set-up a £1 direct debit each week to Messi, and has called on his fellow Gunners to do the same.

“I'm pretty sure I could find another 599,999 other #Arsenal fans willing to set up a £1/week direct debit. #messi #afc #justdoit #thedream,” Matt Clark posted.

But he was not the only one to read the reports with a slight disbelief. Even well-known Arsenal fan Piers Morgan chipped in with his two-pence.

All that’s left now is for Messi to sign for Arsenal, secure a Premier League and Champions League double and the Gunners live happily ever after, right?

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