According to the Star, Lionel Messi would reportedly prefer a move to London instead of Manchester but would only do so if he got £600,000-a-week.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner would prefer to move to Arsenal over either Manchester United or Manchester City should the Argentinian ever decide to leave Spain.
Messi has been linked with a move away from Barcelona for several months but his demands are sure to price out any possible move away, especially considering Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to spend big money – even if it’s for Lionel Messi.
He is currently earning over £14m-a-year with the reigning European champions but would seek out a deal that take his earnings to £18m-a-year after tax – which would extend his status as the world’s highest-paid player.
Messi is currently out injured but has been backed to return for this weekend’s clash with Real Madrid.
It’s expected that Messi will be on the bench for the game after suffering a knee injury against Las Palmas at the end of September.