Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) are hoping to finalise the signing of Lionel Messi quickly.

Spanish outlet Sport reported on Wednesday that the Saudi club want to announce the signing on the sixth local time after receiving final approval from the player’s side.

Messi has been linked with a move this summer. The two-year deal he signed when he left parent club Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2021 ends this month. There were discussions during the season about extending his contract, but no agreement was reached. PSG coach Christopher Galtier has admitted that the final round of the 2022-2023 French Ligue 1 on Thursday will be Messi’s last game for PSG.메이저사이트

With Messi showing signs that he will not extend his contract with PSG, speculation about his future has intensified, most notably whether he will return to his hometown club Barcelona. Barcelona would love to have Messi back. President Juan Laporta, coach Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona players, and fans all want Messi back.

The key is the salary cap. Messi was forced to leave Barcelona two years ago due to the club’s financial problems. In order to return to Barcelona, he needs the approval of the Spanish La Liga club. Barcelona has presented its financing plan to La Liga, but it hasn’t been approved yet, so it can’t make a formal offer.

If Barcelona don’t find a solution quickly, Messi could look elsewhere. The Saudi Professional League and the US Major League Soccer (MLS) have been mentioned.

The Saudis, who are pushing to co-host the 2030 World Cup with Egypt and Greece, are particularly keen to attract star players. According to reports, Al-Hilal have offered Messi a salary of more than €400 million (£561 million) per year. With an astronomical offer, they hope to seal the deal before Barcelona’s complicated financial issues are resolved.

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