Lionel Messi addressed the world in a huge press conference this morning following the sensational news that he has left Barcelona, and could not hold back the tears in an emotional farewell.
Chelsea are set to sign Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for £97m, with the Blues deciding against Erling Haaland this summer – and that should spark a scramble when his £65m release clause kicks in next summer.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!
Live updates1628417752Now for the questions from the press…
1628417729Messi is receiving a sustained round of applause from all those present. His wife and children are in the front row, and he receives a standing ovation. A touching moment.
1628417675More applause for Messi, who clearly struggled to get through that – a lot has been said about his wages and the money he will earn at PSG, but Barcelona clearly means so much to him.
Getty Images1628417570Messi says he regrets not being able to say a proper goodbye to a Camp Nou full of fans, but knows “it has to be this way”.
1628417412Messi confirms he is leavingLionel Messi has just confirmed that despite wanting to stay at Barcelona, after 21 years, he is leaving.
He says the city will remain his home, and the home of his family, and thanks his team-mates and the club.
1628417203Messi in tearsLionel Messi is facing the press, and is already in tears as he is applauded by the whole room.
One reporter offers him a tissue.
1628417033The stage is set at Camp Nou, with a huge crowd turning out for Lionel Messi.
1628416689Drogba ‘announces’ LukakuIt is no secret that Romelu Lukaku is set to return to Chelsea for £97m, and Blues legend Didier Drogba has effectively announced the deal on Twitter…
1628414112Messi contract latestSo, Fabrizio Romano has the latest on the Lionel Messi situation… he looks set to earn 35 million euros a season (including add-ons) at PSG in a two-year deal with the option of another year.
1628413618Messi press conferenceA reminder now that we are closing in on Lionel Messi’s press conference at Camp Nou, which should begin at 11am BST.
We will keep you up to date here with everything the Barcelona legend has to say, so stay tuned…