Lionel Messi transfer news LIVE: Barcelona ‘SET asking price’, ace follows just FOUR clubs on Instagram, Guardiola – The Sun

LIONEL MESSI has dropped the bombshell of ALL bombshells by sending an official fax demanding to leave Barcelona.

We have all the LATEST news and gossip from around the world following the shocking request, with clubs queuing up to sign the six-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Follow ALL of the latest transfer gossip, news and updates below…

 

  • TRANSFERS MEAN APPEALS

    Pedro's signing at AS Roma means that the club tweeted out the announcement alongside appeals for missing youngsters.

    The initiative was started by the Serie A club last season and children and young people from all over the world are advertised on this alert.

  • HOLDING COURT

    Newcastle United are set to launch a move for Arsenal defender Rob Holding.

    The 24-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates since the arrival of Mikel Arteta.

    Now the Daily Mail claims the Gunners are open to offers for the centre-back.

    And they state the Magpies are interested in bringing in the former Bolton ace on a season-long loan.

    Arsenal are on the verge of bolstering their defence with Lille’s Gabriel Magalhaes.

    Gabriel, 22, flew to London this week and went straight to Arsenal’s London Colney training ground for his medical.

  • IT IS VERY CLEAR

    Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart has hit out at Lionel Messi, saying: a contract is a contract.

    The 75-year-old said: “Messi cannot leave.

    “He will have to leave in 2012. I have seen his contract and it is very clear.

    “If Messi leaves for less than what his clause is worth it will be more humiliating than the 8-2.”

  • PEDRO'S SIGNED

    Former Chelsea winger Pedro has signed for AS Roma on a free after leaving Stamford Bridge.

    The Spaniard, 33, has penned terms with the Serie A club, who wooed him as his contract in West London was running down last season.

    Pedro has signed for Paulo Fonseca's side on a three-year deal… taking him to the golden age of 36!

  • PL-EASE TAKE ME BACK

    Amidst all the Lionel Messi fall-out, forgotten man Philippe Coutinho would prefer to head back to the Premier League rather than return to Barcelona – with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea keen, according to reports.

    The Brazilian's loan at Bayern Munich has come to an end after the Champions League winners opted against exercising their option buy him.

    Coutinho is now set to return to parent-club Barcelona for showdown talks with new boss Ronald Koeman.

    But Marca claim the “Little Magician”, 28, would rather go back to England, with a host of top clubs interested.

    Coutinho has three years left to run on his current contract at Barcelona.

    It's claimed Koeman does not see the former Liverpool midfielder in his future plans and will push to sell him, much like Luis Suarez.

  • THE OLD GUARD

    Lionel Messi has contacted his former mentor Pep Guardiola over a transfer to Manchester City, Spanish reports say.

    It comes after Messi stunned the Nou Camp hierarchy by handing in a transfer request to leave the club.

    Inter Milan and City were understood to have been monitoring his situation as he grew ever frustrated with the Spanish giants last season.

    And according to Radio Catalunya, Etihad boss Guardiola, who spent four seasons with the Argentine, has held talks with player.

    Together the pair won two Champions League trophies and three LaLiga titles as Messi was guided into a false No9 role.

  • FISHING ROD

    Leeds are smashing their club record transfer to land £35million Spain striker Rodrigo – despite interest from Arsenal and Barcelona.

    The Valencia star is due to have a medical on Wednesday after Leeds director of football Victor Orta and owner Andrea Radrizzani flew to Spain to persuade the 29-year-old to join.

    Rodrigo has agreed a second stab at the Premier League after scoring just once for Bolton in the top flight during his miserable 2010-11 loan season.

    And the ex-Benfica ace's arrival at Leeds will eclipse the £18m they paid West Ham for England defender Rio Ferdinand in 2000, although £9m of the Rodrigo deal is in add-ons.

    The Prem newcomers' boss Marcelo Bielsa still hopes to sign Freiburg's twice-capped Germany centre-back Robin Koch, 24, who is reportedly also a £20m target for Tottenham.

    But having monitored legends Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic after winning the Championship, Bielsa will be relieved as well as delighted to finally secure a proven frontman.

  • MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Where else to begin, than with Lionel Messi.

    The Argentine dropped a huge bombshell on FC Barcelona last night, when he confirmed that he fully intends to leave the club this summer.

    Messi, 33, is believed to have been furious following their 8-2 humbling by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

    And with new boss Ronald Koeman telling him in their first meeting that “the privileges are over”, Messi has decided to try and force his way out.

    While Barca have been insisting on receiving his £631million release clause in full should he leave, the player himself believes he can go for nothing.

    That is because of a clause in his contract that allows him to cancel his deal, if he chooses to exercise it by the end of June.

    And as the season didn’t finish on time, Messi believes that the clause is still valid – and decided to make his intentions clear yesterday.

    Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the early frontrunners to pull off the sensational deal – while Rio Ferdinand believes that Chelsea are trying to swoop in.

    Frank Lampard and Co have already been busy, with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech having arrived in West London – and the spending isn’t ending there.

    Reports claim that Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr are on the way – and that a £50m deal for Ben Chilwell is “done”.

  • BARC-ING MAD

    The Athletic reports that sources have told them Messi has spoken to Pep Guardiola.

    Their report adds that Man City would love to have him at the club but the biggest stumbling block would be the club's relationship with Barcelona.

    Guardiola, Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano all arrived from Barca and effectively will not push to buy Messi until the Catalans are willing to sell.

    The article states: “The position of Guardiola, sporting director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano is effectively this: they are willing to make it happen, but can’t be seen to want to make it happen.

    “They do not want to be the bad guys at the Nou Camp.

    “This may be crucial right now, because it certainly appears that the blame would lay at the door of Bartomeu, as Messi could justifiably claim he has been left with no choice given the upheaval at the Nou Camp, and he has been backed up by Puyol and Suarez on Twitter.”

  • MANC ON A MISSION

    Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler claims Messi has decided he wants to play for Man City next season.

    The Esporte Interativo journalist, who first broke the story that Messi wanted to leave the club this summer, also said the departure will hurt him, but he understands it's the end of a cycle.

    Bechler commented: “Lionel Messi has decided where he wants to play from next season, and it's at Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.

    “Messi likes Manchester City's style of play which compliments his game well.”

  • KEEP YOUR GUARD UP

    Guillem Balague has countered suggestions that Lionel Messi has held talks with Pep Guardiola or has a move lined up.

    The former Sky Sports reporter says his understanding is that Messi hasn't spoken to the Man City manager at all and moreover has taken the decision to leave without knowing where he will end up.

    Balague also suggests that not even the dismissal of president Josep Maria Bartomeu will convince Messi to stay, commenting that he wants to leave and it's not a matter of negotiation.

  • CITY SLICKER

    Lionel Messi took the decision to leave Barcelona days ago, according to El Chiringuito.

    Reporter Quim Domenech adds that Messi's father has spoken to various clubs in Europe to see who would be most keen to take him on, with Man City being the club with whom he has had most contact.

    He adds that Messi is keen to join Man City and has spoken with both mentor Pep Guardiola and close friend Sergio Aguero.

  • ICYMI

    Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are the only two suitors that would be able to afford a transfer fee for Lionel Messi, reports claim.

    The Argentine, 33, rocked the football world by making it clear that he intends to walk out on Barcelona this summer.

    But should he be incorrect in his assertion that he can go for free, his options could be more limited.

    Spanish outlet Sport claim that Inter Milan could be in the mix, however, should they only need to fork out for his wages after a free transfer.

  • 'COMPLETELY FALSE'

    For Spanish-speaking readers, El Chiringuito report that the Barcelona board infuriated Messi by actively attempting to tarnish his image after the 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich.

    Most notably, they say, the directors leaked false rumours that Messi had ordered Quique Setien to change his line-up for the match in Lisbon.

    Messi was also said to have been infuriated by the fact that Ronald Koeman's call to Luis Suarez to tell him he would no longer be required took just one minute and 52 seconds.

  • PRICE FIGHTER

    Barcelona have named their price for Lionel Messi, according to reports in Spain.

    And it's exactly the same fee as PSG paid for Neymar!

    RAC Radio report the that a fee of 222 million euros (£200m) will be required to force Barca's hand.

    Their report adds that Barcelona are now resigned to losing Messi.

    However they will not let him go for free, nor will they demand his £631m release clause is met in full.

  • KOEM BACK

    Reports from Argentina earlier today stated that Ronald Koeman had infuriated Messi by telling him he would “withdraw his privileges”.

    However, Guillem Balage claims that is not the case and that Koeman actually wanted to build the team around him.

    Rather, the Barcelona board had leaked a slanted account of Messi's conversation with Koeman in the hope of goading him into asking to leave.

    Balague wrote for BBC: “I am convinced it was the intention of the club at the highest level to leak part of the story, especially the bit in which he was admitting to Koeman that he felt closer to leaving than staying.

    “That extract would help turn the fans against Messi so they can eventually release him and use that money (his salary is over 50m euros net – double if taxes are counted) to renew the squad.

    “If you believe he is the most important player, then you build a team around him, which is what Koeman wants to do. You don't start a campaign to get rid of him.”

  • 'ABSOLUTELY DISLOYAL'

    Earlier in the evening, Juanma Castano, who appears to be among the biggest Messi critics attacked the player in a tweet.

    The Partidazo de Cope presenter wrote: “It is compatible to think that Bartomeu's management is disastrous and to consider that Messi's behavior is absolutely disloyal to the club and its fans.”

  • 'THEY HAVE FED A MONSTER'

    The majority opinion appears to be that the Barcelona board are to blame for Messi's decision. But Juanma Castano, presenter of Spanish radio show El Partidazo de Cope, has a very different view.

    He said: “It seems very disloyal to slam this door at this time. I cannot defend this attitude. That the Barcelona fans have found out because Messi has sent a burofax to Barçais incredible.

    “Is a leader leaving? For me no. For me, Messi shows that today he is not a leader. Messi's tyranny is leaving.

    “Messi has not been a leader, he has imposed his rules in the dressing room And there are people in this dressing room who have suffered with Messi.

    “Bartomeu deserves it because he has governed Barça being afraid of Messi. They have fed a monster and it has eaten him. “

  • MESSI-AH

    Lionel Messi does not crave more power at Barcelona but merely wants to leave, reports claim.

    Following the Argentine's shock transfer request earlier today, it has been suggested by some that he would consider his position should club president Jose Maria Bartomeu tender his resignation.

    But according to the BBC's Guillem Balague, Messi just wants to leave – and could refuse to attend pre-season sparking a messy legal dispute.

  • GOING NOWHERE

    Under-fire Barcelona president Bartomeu will NOT be resigning, according to reports.

    Sources in Argentina and the Middle East had suggested he was considering leaving and calling early elections to convince Messi to stay.

    However, Barcelona-based SPORT say he has contacted them and stated he will remain in his position.

  • INDEPEND-ENCE DECLARATION

    Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi is not short of suitors after making his intention to leave Barcelona clear.

    And Argentine club Independiente have now staked their claim to sign the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, simply tweeting: “Think about it, Leo.”

    The Buenos Aires-based side are actually Sergio Aguero's boyhood club, while Messi grew up supporting Newell's Old Boys of Rosario.

  • LEGAL GUARD-IAN

    Lionel Messi has contacted Pep Guardiola over a move to Manchester City, reports claim.

    The Argentine, 33, has rocked the football world by outlining his intention to leave Barcelona this summer.

    And according to TV3, he called his former manager Guardiola three days ago to ask whether City would be able to pull of a deal for him.

  • A FINE MESS

    Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are the only two suitors that would be able to afford a transfer fee for Lionel Messi, reports claim.

    The Argentine, 33, rocked the football world by making it clear that he intends to walk out on Barcelona this summer.

    But should he be incorrect in his assertion that he can go for free, his options could be more limited.

    Spanish outlet Sport claim that Inter Milan could be in the mix, however, should they only need to fork out for his wages after a free transfer.

  • 'RESPECT AND ADMIRATION'

    Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has tweeted his support to former team-mate Lionel Messi amid his decision to leave Camp Nou.

    The shaggy-haired former defender posted, in Spanish: “Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend.”

  • ICYMI – KOE FOOL

    Ronald Koeman's meeting with Lionel Messi is believed to be the thing that tipped the Argentine over the edge at Barcelona.

    The Dutchman is reported to have said that “the privileges are over” and that he would be “be inflexible, it's necessary to think of the team.”

    Angered by this apparent belittling of his status within the squad, Messi has now decided to leave Camp Nou for good.

    Koeman apparently told Messi that the “privileges were over.” For Messi that was too much, leading to his decision to leave.

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