In February former Manchester United and current Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admitted that he was almost an Arsenal player as a teenager.
"I had a meeting with Arsène Wenger. I was close to going to Arsenal, but the year before Cesc Fabregas went there and Arsenal and Barcelona were in a little fight and they didn’t want to do the same with me. Manchester United came in and finally I went there."
Now more light has been shed on that situation by Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
He revealed that Pique, Fabregas and Lionel Messi were all targets for Arsenal at a young age.
And he says the only reason Pique did not become an Arsenal player was his age:
"Arsenal had managed to secure the signings of Pique and Cesc. Well, almost. Pique travelled to London to see their training facilities, everything was agreed and confirmed, only for a legal matter to delay the process: he was not yet old enough to sign and Arsenal suggested that they should make a verbal agreement that would be confirmed in a year’s time, when he was 16. The same agreement that they worked out with Cesc. Pique (or, to be precise, his agents) said no."
After the deal with Arsenal fell through Pique joined up with Manchester United for four years, before heading back to Barcelona and conquering the world with club and country.