Chelsea ‘agree Lukaku deal’, Kounde on backburner, and urgent meeting for Messi

Chelsea's transfer plans have been thrown out the window after the announcement that Lionel Messi will be leaving Barcelona.

The Catalan side announced that their Argentine star will be leaving the club after 21 years on Thursday evening.

And a plethora of clubs across Europe, including Chelsea, have been put on high alert.

Thomas Tuchel has been desperately searching for a new striker this transfer window, and he has lined up bids for both Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku.

And with Chelsea's transfer window starting to hot up, Daily Star Sport has rounded up all the day's transfer news for Blues fans.

Lukaku 'agrees deal'

Romelu Lukaku has agreed a five-year deal to rejoin Chelsea, who he left as a youngster in 2014, according to

Chelsea now need to agree a fee with Inter Milan to secure his services.

Inter are believed to be holding for a fee north of £100million, whereas Chelsea are hoping to land Lukaku for around £100million, and the Belgian striker will earn £212,000-per-week.

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Kounde on 'backburner'

Sevilla's centre-back Jules Kounde has been heavily linked to Chelsea throughout this summers transfer window, however, Tuchel has put a potential deal for the Frenchman on the backburner.

Chelsea are looking to secure a deal for Lukaku, and Kounde has been put on the backseat, according to the Mirror.

Kounde has fallen victim to Chelsea's all-in hunt for an attacker.

Abramovich calls 'urgent meeting'

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According to Spanish-outlet AS, Roman Abramovich called an urgent meeting over the possibility of signing Messi.

Chelsea had a secret agreement to sign Messi in 2014, and they could move for the striker again now he is a free agent.

The Blues will face tough competition from PSG his signature.

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