Diego Simeone reveals he got Luis Suarez to try and lure his friend Lionel Messi to Atletico Madrid last summer… but the plan ‘lasted three hours’ because PSG were ‘obsessed’ with signing him from Barcelona
- Lionel Messi’s move to join PSG from Barcelona shocked football last summer
- Diego Simeone tried to find out if Messi would be keen to join Atletico Madrid
- He used Luis Suarez, one of Messi’s old team-mates, to try and convince him
Diego Simeone has opened up an audacious plan he hatched alongside Luis Suarez last summer to try and swoop for Lionel Messi amid his stand-off with Barcelona.
Messi’s contract talks broke down with the Nou Camp club unable to pay his wages, paving the way for Paris Saint-Germain to sign the Argentina international in a shock transfer.
But Atletico boss Simeone has admitted he tried to get Luis Suarez – a former Barcelona team-mate of Messi’s and a good friend – to sound him out over a move to the Spanish capital.
Diego Simeone tried to find out last summer if Lionel Messi would join Atletico Madrid
Luis Suarez (right) is a good friend of Messi’s who is now playing for Atletico in LaLiga
Speaking to Argentina publication Ole, Simone lifted the lid on the plan, explaining: I’ll tell you a detail. With what happened at Barcelona, we called Luis.
‘With all due respect, I didn’t call Leo, but I did call Luis to ask how Messi was doing, if he was eager or if there was a slight possibility that he would come to Atletico.’
That possibility, Simeone admitted, was so slight that the plan was over as quickly as it began.
‘It was something that lasted three hours, because PSG was already obsessed with that. Was it even something? No, not at…
Source : dailymail