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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone reveals he had Luis Suarez call Lionel Messi to arrange shock transfer from Barcelona

DIEGO SIMEONE has admitted that he tried to convince Lionel Messi to join Atletico Madrid this summer.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner had been expected to sign a new contract at Barcelona, before it dramatically emerged that the Catalan giants couldn't afford to complete the deal.


Paris Saint-Germain quickly swooped in to sign the 34-year-old, but not before Atletico had a go.

Speaking to Ole in Argentina, Simeone revealed that he had Messi's close pal Luis Suarez give him a call to see if he would be interested in reuniting at the Wanda Metropolitano.

In quotes carried by Diario AS, the Atletico boss admitted: "I’ll tell you a detail.

"With what happened at Barcelona, we called Luis [Suarez].

"With all due respect, I didn’t call Leo, but I did call Luis to ask how Messi was doing and whether he’d be willing or if there was a small chance he’d come to Atletico.

"But it was something that only lasted three hours, because PSG were already obsessed with signing him."

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Barcelona unceremoniously dumped Suarez, 34, in September 2020.

But it would come back to haunt them, with the Uruguayan's goals firing Atletico to the title.

They also flogged Antoine Griezmann back to Atleti this summer, replacing him with former Newcastle flop Luuk de Jong.

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