However, negotiations on a return to Barcelona are still ongoing, sources confirmed. Al Hilal are sure they can convince Lionel Messi to transfer to Saudi Arabia.
Lionel Messi, 35, has decided to leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer, and it is expected that he will not stay in the French capital.
Messi is eager to return to Barcelona, who are working hard behind the scenes to make a move financially feasible, but should he decide against going back to Spain, Al Hilal have given him a sizable offer.
PSG recently punished the Argentine, who is already an official ambassador for the Saudi Arabian tourist board, for traveling illegally to Saudi Arabia after losing to Lorient 3-1.
In recent weeks, Al Hilal officials have contacted Messi’s representatives and offered him a deal worth more than €400 million annually. Accepting this deal would make Messi the highest-paid footballer in history, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo’s current Al Nassr salary of €220 million.
Sources have told that while Al Hilal think they are in a good position to sign Messi, negotiations with Barcelona, who are making every effort to get him back to Catalonia, are still ongoing.
Due to their financial situation, La Liga must approve any new Barcelona contracts, and Joan Laporta is certain that this week will see the approval of their feasibility plans, which include their bid for Messi.
Messi won Sportsman of the Year at the Laureus World Sport Awards on Monday. He likely won’t decide on his next move until the end of the 2022–2023 season.