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Paper Talk: Lionel Messi wants an astronomical amount of money to join Arsenal


Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Just when you thought the British press couldn't get any more sensational, they've gone and suggested Lionel Messi could move to Arsenal this summer.

The story goes like this: according to The Daily Star, Messi is unhappy in Spain after falling foul of the tax authorities.

Messi and his father are the subject of a probe into an alleged £3m tax fraud, and the case could see young Lionel have to appear in court.

As a consqeuence of this, Messi wishes to swap La Liga for the Premier League, with Arsenal reportedly his favoured destination.

The 'only' slight stumbling block is the player's wages - an eye-watering £600,000-a week - which would probably send the notoriously frugal Arsene Wenger into meltdown.

Perhaps the only story more ludicrous than the above that is currently doing the rounds is the one about Alexis Sanchez leaving Arsenal for Manchester United.

The rumours began last week, and now Spanish website Don Balon claims that United are considering a £53million bid.

Sanchez though is contracted to the Gunners until the summer of 2018, and it's hugely unlikely that Wenger would consider selling one of his prized assets to a rival.

Speaking of prized assets, The Mirror reports that Mesut Ozil is set to sign a new contract at the Emirates that would keep him at the club until 2019.

Ozil's current deal expires in 2018, but Arsenal want to reward the 27-year-old for his stellar performances so far this season.

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Now for more on players that might be coming in: The Daily Star claims that Arsenal are interested in buying Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka in January.

The Swiss international central midfielder was a target for Wenger in the summer, and the Frenchman will step up his efforts to complete the signing when the transfer window opens, acocrding to Italian outlet Calciomercato.

Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are reportedly also interested in Xhaka.

Finally, Arsenal have sent scouts to watch Napoli midfielder Jorginho, according to The Mirror.

The Brazilian's agent confirmed the suggestions by saying to Italian Radio station Radio CRC: "One of the head scouts of Arsenal is well-known, and so I know he was at Marassi for the Napoli match" .

Jorginho, 23, has started the season excellently, helping Napoli to fourth in Serie A.

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]

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