Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi is looking increasingly likely to join Saudi Arabian outfit Al Hilal this summer, according to ESPN.
Recent reports stated that Messi had received a proposal worth more than €400 million from the Saudi Arabian giants, although he wants to play in Europe until Copa America 2024.
However, the Argentine is now considering following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Al Hilal’s city rivals Al Nassr from Manchester United.
The 2022 World Cup winner’s current deal with PSG expires in the summer, and his future has been plunged into doubt after the contract talks have come to a standstill.
Les Parisiens are no longer interested in extending Messi’s stay. They want him to reduce his salary in order to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions.
The jeers from PSG fans during the Ligue 1 game against Lyon could be the final nail in the coffin for Messi’s chapter at the French capital club.
Barcelona have started working on a possible return for Messi as they believe he deserves a second spell at Camp Nou after the heartbreaking exit in 2021.
The 35-year-old is open to the idea due to the presence of Xavi, who shares a great relationship with the World Cup winner and has regularly stated that the door is always open for his return.
The Blaugrana manager is pushing for the deal as he wants Messi to be part of his side next season.
However, many people feel the deal is not feasible due to Barca’s deep financial crisis.
They have been blocked from making any signings in the summer by La Liga after exceeding their spending limit.
The Catalans need to reduce their wage bill massively to register players such as Gavi into the first team and make room for new signings.
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