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Tottenham Made Audacious Bid to Sign Lionel Messi After Barcelona Exit

By Amreen
Tottenham made a shock offer to Lionel Messi following his departure from Barcelona
Tottenham made a shock offer to Lionel Messi following his departure from Barcelona / Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Tottenham made a shock bid for Lionel Messi following his departure from Barcelona last week.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner bid an emotional farewell to the club on Sunday after 21 years at Camp Nou, and Paris Saint-Germain have been tipped to sign the 34-year-old ahead of the new season.

However, according to ESPN in South America, as reported by The Express, Spurs were one of the two clubs who made an offer to Messi. The report claims that it is unclear whether the Premier League side were serious about signing or if they were just "exploring the finances involved" in a potential deal.

Tottenham might need a striker as they struggle to hold on to Harry Kane, who still wants to leave the club in favour of a switch to Manchester City. Atletico Madrid were reportedly another club looking at the possibility of a deal for Messi, but PSG seem to be frontrunners and appear to have a move locked down.

Messi confirmed he had offered to take a 50 percent pay cut to continue at the club, and said: "This is what Laporta said right up until the last minute, and because of everything with the league, it suddenly couldn’t happen.

"There’s nothing more to tell. Anything else, I can’t say. What’s clear is that I did everything possible; the club, Laporta, they couldn’t do it because of LaLiga. I’ve heard a lot of things said about me, that I didn’t want to continue, but on my behalf, we did everything we could because I wanted to stay."