Lionel Messi CONFIRMS PSG talks in emotional exit, Lukaku closing in on Chelsea, Kane LATEST – transfer news live

LIONEL MESSI has held a press conference at the Nou Camp TODAY to explain his Barcelona exit – and has confirmed talks with PSG.

The French giants are closing in on the signature of the Argentine ace in a blockbuster free transfer this summer.

While Romelu Lukaku is nearing a return to Chelsea with the Blues closing in on a £100m-plus agreement with Inter Milan.

Elsewhere, Harry Kane broke his silence just hours after Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola declared a public interest in signing the Spurs star.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    LION'S LAIR

    Lionel Messi bid an emotional farewell to Barcelona today at a press conference at the Camp Nou.

    The Barcelona legend's incredible trophy haul was also put on display.

    Messi won 45 trophies in 17 years at Barcelona, making him one of the most decorated players of all time.

    The 35-year-old won ten league titles, four Champions League's, seven Copa del Rey, three Club World Cups, three European Super Cups and eight Spanish Super Cups.

    Individually, Messi trophy cabinet is equally as impressive.

    The Barca great won 40 individual awards including a record six Ballon d'Ors.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FRENCH FANCY

    Lionel Messi is reportedly set to undergo his PSG medical either tonight or tomorrow morning.

    That is according to ESPN, who have claimed that his move to France is a done deal.

    The Argentina international is now poised to link up with compatriots Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes and Mauri Icardi.

    And he will link up with former Barca team-mate Neymar.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SHOCK DEAL

    Tottenham have reportedly agreed a stunning deal for Inter Milan hitman and Lautaro Martinez.

    New Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo has already bolstered his squad this summer by acquiring the services of Bryan Gil, Pierluigi Gollini and Cristian Romero.

    And the Portuguese is said to be on the verge of making Argentina international Martinez his fourth signing of the summer.

    That's according to The Times, who claim Spurs have agreed a staggering £60million deal for the forward.

    Spur's reported deal for the 23-year-old will come as a huge blow for their bitter rivals Arsenal.

    The Gunners were said to be interested in acquiring the former Racing Club man's services this summer.

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PICTURE PERFECT

    Lionel Messi was also asked about his picture in Ibiza with PSG stars Neymar, Marco Verratti, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes.

    He said: "Pure coincidence. I was going to meet Paredes and Di Maria.

    "Ney called me, come over. And I said, I am with Paredes and Di Maria.

    "Come over all of you, Ney said. We took photo, they kept telling me, come over to PSG and we joked, that was all."

  • Jake Lambourne

    KING'S SPEECH

    Powerful. Moving. Emotional.

    Watch Lionel Messi's full speech below.

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  • Jake Lambourne

    LION KING

    Lionel Messi revealed making his Barcelona first-team debut was his favourite moment.

    The 34-year-old made his debut during the 2004-05 season.

    He finishes his Barca career with 672 goals in 778 games.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PS-GLEE

    Lionel Messi dropped a bombshell that a move to PSG is on the cards.

    And he also confirmed that a host of other clubs are vying to secure his services.

    Read the full story HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    LION'S DEN

    Here is the moment Lionel Messi was reduced to tears after giving his farewell speech.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PRESS CONFERENCE OVER

    And that concludes the press conference!

    One again those in the audience – Messi's former team-mates, the press and club officials – rise to their feet to applaud the 34-year-old.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON REGRETS

    "I would have liked to have tried to win another Champions League.

    "We got knocked out in the semi-final against Liverpool, which stopped us getting to another final.

    “There could have been a time where we won another Champions League, but that’s football."

  • Jake Lambourne

    COULD YOU HAVE STAYED FOR LESS MONEY?

    "I offered to drop my wage by 50 per cent and Barcelona asked for nothing more.

    "It was agreed but it wasn’t to be.

    "The report that I asked for more money is a lie.

    "As I said, I didn’t everything I could to stay.

    "A lot of the things that people are saying are not true."

  • Jake Lambourne

    TROPHY AMBITIONS

    “The last few years of my career I’m going to fight for titles. I want to win.

    "There’s no doubt that I will leave and join a club that competes with Barcelona.

    "I didn’t want to leave but I want to continue winning.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    COULD HE STAY AND FIGHT TO STAY?

    "Like I said before I did everything I could to stay and it wasn't possible."

    "I've got nothing more to say on that.

    "We did everything we could."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ANGRY AT LALIGA FOR BLOCKING HIS NEW DEAL?

    "I only know it is not possible for La Liga, for the club’s debts, that the club cannot go further in debt.

    "I have nothing to say about [LaLiga president Javier] Tebas.

    "I met him a few times, and it was all friendly. I have no problem with Tebas."

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON FACING BARCELONA IN THE FUTURE?

    "The people in Barca know me. I will fight to win everything.

    "I will finish the last years of my career in my way. That's my mentality, I want to win.

    "There's no doubt I will go to a team to a compete that will compete with this club."

  • Jake Lambourne

    FANS GIVEN FALSE HOPE?

    "No, everything was sorted.

    "We were always very honest with people.

    "Like I said before, this wasn’t what we planned but on my heart I never tried to trick anyone.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    HOW HE TOOK NEWS HE WOULD BE LEAVING

    "It was like my blood ran cold, it was really sad, really difficult.

    "Even now trying to process it all.

    "When I go home I'm still going to feel bad about the whole thing.

    "But the important thing is we are all OK, my family and loved ones.

    "I get to still keep playing football, its going to be difficult but we move on."

  • Jake Lambourne

    OPEN TO FUTURE COMEBACK?

    "Yeah but honestly it wouldn't be the same.

    "The moment is now when it is time to go."

  • Jake Lambourne

    MOST DIFFICULT TIME OF SPORTING CAREER?

    "Without a doubt yes. I've had a lot of difficult defeats, but this is the most difficult.

    "I'm not going back. This is the end with this club.

    "This is the most difficult moment in my career."

  • Jake Lambourne

    PSG MOVE?

    PSG are one of the clubs trying to sign you, where will you be playing?

    "Yes they are a possibility.

    "I've got nothing confirmed. I had a lot of calls and clubs interested.

    I've not got anything closed, but we're talking about a lot of things."

  • Jake Lambourne

    QUESTIONS

    What has the feelings been these recent days and what is the feeling in the end?

    "I'm a little bit blocked. I don't know what to say.

    "The reality hasn't sunk in that I will be leaving.

    "It's going to be a difficult change for my family as they thought they would be staying in the city.

    "But I know that we are going to be OK, it's going to be a difficult change but we need to accept it and move forward."

  • Jake Lambourne

    QUESTIONS

    When you got back from Ibiza, you thought everything was going to be OK, and then what happened?

    "Suddenly with the league it never happened. I don't know what there is to say.

    "They couldn't do it because of LaLiga. We did everything we could because I wanted to stay.

    "Last year I didn't want to stay and I said it, this year was different."

  • Jake Lambourne

    QUESTIONS

    What was the best moment for you here in this club?

    Messi: "It's difficult to choose just one moment.

    "But maybe the time I made my debut because that was my dream come true."

  • Jake Lambourne

    MESSI CONTINUED

    “The words won’t come to me. The best thing now is to answer some questions.

    "And honestly, thank you to everyone."

    Messi has once again been reduced to tears as those in the audience rise to their feet to give the legend a standing ovation.

    I've never seen so much emotion from the little magician.

  • Jake Lambourne

    MESSI CONTINUED

    "The truth is we’re leaving.

    "I never imagined having to say goodbye because I never thought of it. And I never thought of it this way.

    “It’s been difficult to play in the pandemic without the people near by, without the fans cheering my name, without the fans for over a year and a half.

    “If I’d imagined leaving, I’d imagine it with the Camp Nou full of people and saying goodbye properly.

    "But it was not to be."

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