Lionel Messi breaks down in tears as he rues his shock exit from Barcelona, says joining PSG “is a possibility”

August 8th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Lionel Messi was in tears when he explained he wanted ‘to stay’ at Barcelona and said Paris Saint-Germain ‘is a possibility’ but stressed that ‘nothing is confirmed’.

The emotional six-time Ballon d’Or winner was handed a tissue by his wife Antonela Roccuzzo to wipe away his tears.

A heartbroken Messi said: “I was convinced to stay here at Barcelona.

“This is my home, our home.

“I wanted to stay at Barca and it was the plan… and today I’ve to say goodbye after my entire life here.”

It’s understood Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are on the verge of bringing Messi to the Parc des Princes.

The Parisians have already held talks with Messi’s father Jorge – who acts as his agent – over a move to the French capital.

Four-time Champions League winner Messi is understood to have been offered a two-year contract worth £30million.

And the 34-year-old admits a move to Paris is currently being discussed.

He said: “Paris Saint-Germain is a possibility, yes.

“At the moment nothing is confirmed, I received lot of calls after Barcelona statement. We’re talking about it.”

Messi, who is currently a free agent, was on course to extend his 20-year stay with Barca after agreeing a reduced five-year deal.

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Romelu Lukaku: Furious Inter fans prepare for showdown with club during preseason friendly against Parma

August 8th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Inter’s sale of Romelu Lukaku is not going down well with the fans, who are prepared to show their dissent against the club during the match against Parma at the Ennio Tardini tonight.

Simone Inzaghi’s men are playing Serie B side Parma in a friendly at the Ennio Tardini tonight, and the climate around the team is set to be less friendly, according to Tuttosport.

Lukaku is set for a return to Chelsea this summer ant the Nerazzurri fans are irritated by the business on the transfer window, with the Belgium international following Antonio Conte and Achraf Hakimi out the door at San Siro.

According to Tuttosport, some fans are ready to go to Emilia-Romagna to show their dissent against the club.

The fans already protested against President Steven Zhang for even considering selling Lukaku to Chelsea and sent messages to the player asking him to stay at the club.

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Romelu Lukaku breaks another record as he closes in on Chelsea return

August 8th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Romelu Lukaku is set to become the most expensive player in history in accumulated transfer fees as he nears his Chelsea return.

The Belgium striker is close to re-joining Chelsea – ten years after first doing so – with Inter Milan accepting a £97.5million bid.

It means he will have cost the most in joint transfers ever, surpassing Neymar’s prior record of £246.6m.

The Brazilian moved from Santos, to Barcelona and then PSG in a world-record £198m deal in 2017.

But with Lukaku now heading back to Stamford Bridge, it will see his total transfer fees rocket to £293.5m.

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Tottenham set to hijack Arsenal move for Inter Milan striker, agree “staggering £60million” deal

August 8th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Reports in England claim Tottenham are poised to beat Arsenal to Lautaro Martinez as the Whie Hart Lane club are lining up a stunning deal for the Inter Milan hitman.

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

And the Portuguese is said to want to make Argentina international Martinez his fourth signing of the summer.

The Times claim Spurs have agreed a staggering £60million deal for the forward.

Spurs signing the 23-year-old will be 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.

But it seems Mikel Arteta may have been beaten to the punch by his opposite number at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Martinez has been a revelation for Inter since penning a five-year deal at the San Siro in July 2018.

The Bahia Blanca native has scored an impressive 49 goals and provided 20 assists in 149 appearances for Simone Inzaghi side.

And according to The Times, Tottenham plan to play the Martinez alongside skipper Harry Kane, whose future at the club is currently up in the air.

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