According to their chief football writer David Woods, the Argentine superstar would command a staggering £600,000-a-week wage if he were to move to the British Isles, a fee that would prove nigh-on impossible for even mega-rich Manchester City to fork out.
Well, one Gunners fan has taken it upon himself to kick off a campaign to bring the four-time Ballon d'Or winner to the Emirates.
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Matt Clark took to Twitter with his ingenious plan to subsidise Messi's wages for Arsenal.
He tweeted: "I'm pretty sure I could find another 599,999 other #Arsenal fans willing to set up a £1/week direct debit."
A quite ridiculous idea on the face of it, but given the north London club have a staggering 6.56 million followers - the highest in the Premier League - it's not an impossible plan. Although, highly improbable.
His scheme certainly got many Arsenal fans excited, with some even offering to pay over the suggest £1-a-week.
But even given the high volume of responses Matt has had, he would still be some way off his 600,000 target. Respect has to be given for his sheer passion and willingness to help his club sign the world's best player.
Messi would be an incredible asset to the Premier League but, despite the reported uncertainty over his future in La Liga, it seems unlikely he will leave Barcelona.
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