Transfer: We came really close to signing Messi, Getafe president

‘We came really close to signing Messi’ – Getafe president makes transfer claim

Angel Torres also suggested that he discussed bringing Pep Guardiola as head coach with former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain.

Getafe president Angel Torres says the club has come close to signing on loan Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as well as having a verbal agreement to appoint Pep Guardiola as manager.

Torres has a personal relationship with former Barca president Joan Laporta and was aiming to recruit to the club two of the biggest names in world football.

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Messi was just 17 when he first broke into the Barca first team in 2004, with Torres revealing he wanted the Argentine to gain some valuable senior experience with his Madrid-based side shortly afterward.

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