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Lionel Messi's incredible clause in his Barcelona contract revealed, Chelsea find Antonio Conte's successor: Transfer round-up: 5th January, 2017

Sumedh Pande
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Lionel Messi can leave FC Barcelona for free!

Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's latest transfer news and rumours roundup. With the transfer window now open, all the top clubs from around Europe are looking to spend some moolah and plug the gaps in their squad. So, without further ado, let's take a look at the major transfer stories from around the globe which made headlines on January 5, 2018: 

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Lionel Messi's incredible clause in his contract revealed 

El Mundo has reported that Lionel Messi has a unique clause in his current Barcelona contract which can let him leave the Catalan giants for free. It is claimed that Messi has a release clause of €700 million on a deal that he penned in November. 

But Messi has inserted a get-out clause which will let him leave for free if Catalonia achieves independence from Spain. The current political turmoil in the region has led Messi to keep a clause of such nature. 

Real Madrid linked with David Luiz 

The Daily Express has named Real Madrid as the latest club to register an interest in David Luiz. Los Blancos are reportedly on the lookout for a defender this January while Chelsea are ready to offload Luiz this month. The Brazilian is desperate to leave Chelsea in order to keep his World Cup hopes alive. Arsenal and FC Barcelona are the other clubs linked with the 30-year-old. 

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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