Reports are out claiming that Arsenal are regarded as shock favourites to land Lionel Messi should he choose to leave Barcelona.
The Daily Star reported that Arsenal are favourites to land Messi this summer but will have to hand him £600,000 a week to secure the deal.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are also considering moves for Messi but the Argentina ace would prefer a move to north London if he quits Barcelona.
The Gunners would have to shell out a huge £18m a year AFTER tax, meaning Messi’s weekly wage would be an eye watering £600,000 before deductions.
He is currently earning over £14m a year net in La Liga and has a buy-out clause in excess of £175m.
Messi’s desire to live in London could now count in Arsenal’s favour again.
Chelsea face a battle to climb back into the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.