Lukaku to Chelsea 'DONE DEAL', Blues target Kounde up for sale, Messi PSG press conference reaction – transfer news LIVE

LIONEL MESSI has been speaking to the media as a PSG player after taking the No30 shirt in Paris.

The Argentinian star has been pictured in his new kit as the Ligue 1 side confirm the signing of arguably the greatest player of all time.

Messi has signed a two-year deal, with an option for a further 12 months.

Meanwhile Romelu Lukaku's move to Chelsea is a done deal, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

And Jules Kounde could be back on the agenda for the Blues, with Sevilla confirming they will sell the defender for the right price.



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    Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United, according to reports.

    Mikel Arteta's side have had two bids rejected already but a deal is expected to be agreed soon, according to Football London.

    The Blades value the England man around £30million but it's expected that the Gunners will pay an upfront fee in the region of £24m.

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    Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has laughed off the prospect of reigniting his rivalry with Lionel Messi in France.

    Messi completed his huge move to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a two-year deal.

    Juventus star Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Italy and his Portugal team-mate Jose Fonte tried to persuade him to move to France by joining him at Lille.

    Fonte told talkSPORT: "I feel great. I feel great because it's incredible to hear a player like Lionel Messi is in French football in our league.

    "It's exciting. Obviously in terms of competitors it's going to be even harder for us but we're up for a challenge – I'm texting Cristiano to come to Lille every day! He's only replied 'ha ha ha.'"

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    Moise Kean has sparked talk of a summer exit after deleting all his Everton social media posts.

    The former Paris Saint-Germain loanee appears to have his heart set on a return to PSG.

    Kean posted an Instagram Story which said 'Back Soon' with fingers crossed after Lionel Messi's huge move to PSG.

    The 21-year-old Italian enjoyed a successful loan spell at PSG last season despite the club missing out on the Ligue 1 title.

    Kean scored 17 goals in 41 appearances for the French giants as he made an impact after a frustrating time at Everton.

    PSG were linked with a loan move for Kean earlier this summer as he plotted a return to Paris. But Messi's arrival could scupper his hopes of a move back to PSG with the club needing to offload a host of players in an attempt to balance the books.

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    Tanguy Ndombele is 'weighing up his options' as he considers his Tottenham future, according to reports.

    The midfielder, 24, did not feature for a single minute across the five pre-season matches. And according to The Athletic, the £55million record signing could leave Spurs before deadline day at the end of August if he remains sidelined.

    Ndombele had paternity leave during pre-season but trained and was available for the friendlies with Chelsea and Arsenal – but was simply not picked for the matchday squad by new boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

    It looks very unlikely he will be involved against champions Manchester City in their Premier League opener this Sunday as he still needs to win over Santo.

    The former Lyon man is a reserved individual who does not like confrontation, so has not approached Nuno with regards to the ongoing omission.

    The problem for Ndombele and Tottenham, though, is that Spurs splashed out a massive record fee for him just two years ago. And they tied him down to a six-year contract until 2025 worth £200,000 per week.

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    EA Sports have hinted Paris Saint-Germain could become the first SIX-STAR team in Fifa history following five huge summer signings.

    Les Parisiens have brought in a new spine to their squad, and have only spent £52million with four players brought in on free transfers.

    But the biggest shock move is Lionel Messi linking up with Mauricio Pochettino's side following his Barcelona exit after 21 years in Catalonia.

    Due to their strength in depth, EA Sports have hinted that they could be upgraded from a five-star team to a six-star side on Fifa 22.

    Their Twitter account posted a snap of all of PSG's new recruits standing next to each other in an in-game photo. Captioning the picture, EA Sports said: "Should PSG be our first six-star team?"

    Fans were divided over whether PSG should be upgraded, as one user commented: "They haven’t won anything and they wanna give them six."

    Another tweeted: "This would be CRAZYYY." Meanwhile one quipped: "Anyone who plays as them should immediately be banned."

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    Paul Pogba's brother Mathias has underlined the difference in family fortunes – by signing for a fourth division club in France.

    Manchester United midfielder Paul has won the World Cup and played for Juventus, and earns £15million a year at Old Trafford.

    Meanwhile big brother Mathias, 30, has been reduced to penning a one-year deal with ASM Belfort. The eastern outfit play in National 2, France's fourth tier, at the 5,000-capacity Stade Serzian.

    Belfort are the THIRTEENTH club of Guinea international Pogba's career. The striker had spells with Wrexham, Crewe Alexandra, Crawley Town and Partick Thistle between 2010 and 2016.

    He recently left Slovenian club Tabor Sezana, and has previously played for French sides Quimper and Tours as well as clubs in Italy and Spain.

    Mathias' twin brother Florentin currently plays for second division Sochaux, a short drive from Belfort.

    Mathias Pogba alongside his brothers Florentin and Paul
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    Lionel Messi may hope to make Paris Saint-Germain the best sports team in the world – but he has already made them the most expensive.

    No team the world over, from football, baseball or NFL, can get near to the French side's wage bill following the Argentine's arrival.

    A rumoured £650,000-a-week deal makes Messi the SIXTEENTH PSG player to be taking home a six-figure weekly pay packet.

    Here, SunSport detail the top ten wage bills in sport today – with figures provided by Spotrac and Salary Sport.

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    The transfer tug-of-war for Tammy Abraham has taken another twist.

    Chelsea's striker is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with Arsenal and Roma.

    The Blues are said to have agreed a fee with the Serie A side but Abraham reportedly prefers a move to North London.

    And despite Roma's general manager Tiago Pinto reportedly planning a trip to London to seal the seal, Abraham has agreed terms with Arsenal, according to journalist Bolarinwa Olajide.

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    Roma general manager Tiago Pinto will jet in to London in a bid to complete the signing of Tammy Abraham, it's claimed.

    But the Chelsea striker reportedly prefers a move across London to Arsenal. Abraham has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel since the German's appointment last season.

    Jose Mourinho wants to bring the striker to Roma and, according to The Athletic, Pinto is heading to London in an attempt to finalise a deal.

    But the 23-year-old is yet to be convinced over a move to Italy and his preference is to join the Gunners.

    Roma do not want to wait for long over a decision and are ready to switch to an alternative target if Abraham fails to agree a move by the end of this week.

    Abraham is in Chelsea's squad for their Super Cup match against Villarreal. But it is clear his future lies away from the Blues with the club on the verge of completing the £97.5million signing of Romelu Lukaku.

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    Nottingham Forest have completed the loan signing of Arsenal right-back Jordi Osei-Tutu until the end of the season.

    It is the 22-year-old's third loan spell away from the Emirates as Mikel Arteta looks for him to play regular first-team football.

    Osei-Tutu, who joined Arsenal's academy from Reading in 2015, linked up with German outfit VfL Bochum for the 2019-20 campaign.

    After five goals in 22 appearances for the club, he was then shipped off to Cardiff last term.

    But he managed just eight games after suffering a serious hamstring injury in October followed by an ankle problem in May.

    And he will be now eyeing up a regular run of games having become Forest's third signing of the summer.

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    Lionel Messi was presented with his new PSG shirt by president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and director Leonardo.

    The striker will wear the No 30 and fans have already flocked to the stadium superstore in their hundreds to try and get their hands on one.

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    Lionel Messi says having Mauricio Pochettino as manager played a huge part in helping him pick PSG.

    Speaking about his fellow Argentine, Messi said: "I know the coach Mauricio Pochettino very well.

    "The fact he is Argentinian helped from the start.

    "It was very important in my decision making."

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    Lionel Messi cut a relaxed and happy figure during his first press conference as a PSG player.

    He spoke of the emotional week he has had since his Barcelona departure was announced but is happy and excited to get going at PSG.

    Credit: Reuters
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    Lionel Messi says his main concern when deciding on his next club was that his family would be happy in Paris.

    He said: "The only thing I told Leonardo [PSG director] was that I really want my family to be at ease in Paris and be OK in Paris and France.

    "Of course for me it's a new experience but I'm really ready for that and I really want to do it. At the end of the day it's football and football is the same in the whole world.

    "I've got friends here and that's something that's going to make it easier. I'm sure I'm going to get used to my new team-mates. I really want to train. I want it to begin now.

    "This is new for us but I'm ready. In the sporting aspect and for my family its an amazing city.

    "It's beautiful and I'm sure we are going to enjoy this place. We are calm and happy."

    Credit: Reuters
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    Lionel Messi's first press conference as a PSG player was broadcast on a giant screen outside the stadium.

    Hundreds of fans flocked to the Parc des Princes to welcome the Argentine and were able to watch on in the open air.

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    Lionel Messi says Barcelona is his home and sent a message to Barca's fans.

    He said: "It was very complicated to leave Barcelona without knowing where I was going to go.

    "Barcelona is my home. I've been there since I was a kid.

    "I've lived so many things there – good and bad. I don't know if they are going to play each other – Barca and PSG.

    "It would be very nice to go back to Barcelona. I hope it would be with fans.

    "It would be very strange to play at home at Barcelona in another short but we will see."

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    Lionel Messi says he has a good understanding of French football and is looking forward to forming new rivalries.

    He said: "Yes of course. I have been following Ligue 1 and I know Ligue 1 because of my friends in Paris.

    "This Champinship has been growing a lot.

    "And Paris has been working a lot – with the transfers and so on.

    "And I think all the league is getting more competitive. All the teams are getting stronger because they want to win against Paris and win Ligue 1.

    "It will be a new experience for me. "I will have new rivals and new stadiums and I am very happy to experience all these new atmospheres."

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    Lionel Messi already has good relationships with some of the PSG players.

    He said: "Angel Di Maria, Leandro Paredes, all these players.

    "I know all my team-mates in the dressing room actually. We have had contact.

    "Neymar did a lot and was important in me signing here."

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    Lionel Messi says he needs a full pre-season before he can make his PSG debut.

    Asked when he will be ready to play his first game, the Argentine said: "Actually I don't know.

    "I've been on holiday. It's very new so I spoke yesterday with the technical staff.

    "So maybe I need a pre-season. I'm going to begin to train and work and I hope I can play as soon as I can. I really want to.

    "But when I feel fit and the staff think I'm OK then I'll be ready and willing to play."

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    Lionel Messi is really excited about playing alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

    He said: "It's really crazy and I'm really happy about that.

    "Sharing the day to day life with them, with all the squad, amazing.

    "Really there have been some amazing transfers so the team is incredible.

    "So I really want to train and compete now. I'm going to be playing with the best players. It's very nice.

    "It's an incredible experience to be able to enjoy this."

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    Lionel Messi says he is still coming to terms with his departure from Barcelona.

    He said: "Everything that has happened to me in the last week, has been very strange.

    "It's been hard, it's been quick, it's been emotional.

    "I can't forget what I lived and experienced in Barcelona.

    "But I really feel impatient to start and happy about this new life.

    "At a sporting level and with my family as well.

    "This week I've been going through ups and downs.

    "But we are processing all of this every day little by little."

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    Lionel Messi says he is thankful to the Barcelona fans and cannot wait to play in front of the PSG faithful.

    He said: "I am grateful. I am grateful to the people in the street in Barcelona.

    "It was incredible to see the people in Barcelona outside in the streets [after the press announced my departure].

    "And I am looking forward to seeing the PSG fans in the city and in the stadium now."

    Credit: AFP
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    Lionel Messi says he can't wait to get going at PSG.

    He said: "I am really happy to be here.

    "I am impatient to play. I still want to play. I still want to win.

    "I think this club is ready to fight for all the trophies. I want to keep growing and keep winning titles and that;s why I came here to this club."

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    Messi added: "I really want to start training.

    "I am really enjoying it in Paris since my first minutes here.

    "But really my only will now is to start the training sessions and work with my new staff and team-mates.

    "I want to thank the president and the whole club for the way they have received me.

    "They were really quick in negotiations. It has been quite easy actually.

    "They have solved problems."

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    Speaking at his first press conference as a PSG player, Messi said: "First of all I want to thank the president for his words.

    "I am very happy. You all know how I left Barca. It's been a very hard moment after all these years.

    "It was a difficult change after all this time. But from the moment I arrived I have felt very happy."

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