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JUST IN: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich ‘requests urgent meeting’ with Lionel Messi

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has requested an urgent meeting with Lionel Messi following his Barcelona departure, according to reports. Messi is now a free agent after his contract expired earlier in the summer, with the Catalan club confirming his exit on Thursday.

According to AS, Chelsea plan to advance negotiations to sign Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku this summer.

However, Messi’s sudden availability has caused Abramovich to request an urgent meeting with the 34-year-old’s representatives through an English intermediary.

With the Blues pressing forward with their pursuit of Lukaku, it seems like Messi could be seen as an enticing backup plan.

Chelsea are expected to make a third bid for the Belgium international, with Inter reportedly set to accept if it matches their £102million (€120m) valuation.

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