Speaking to BeIN Sports, Arsene Wenger said:
Yes, I wanted to take him, I had his agent at my home but again the barrier was financial and Chelsea made an effort that I couldn’t make.
He can be one of the players who grows into the Messi, Ronaldo stature if he continues to develop well.
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