Barcelona fall behind two foreign clubs in their race to sign Lionel Messi

Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing with Al-Nassr in January, interest in Saudi Arabian football sharply increased

The middle-eastern nation intends to pay its way into top football, and so far, the strategy seems to be working. Karim Benzema will depart Real Madrid at the conclusion of the current season, the club announced earlier today. The winner of the Ballon d’Or is expected to sign with Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Professional League, becoming their second significant acquisition in less than a year.

There is confidence in Saudi Arabia, according to sources from Pablo Gravellone, that they can finalise the signing of Lionel Messi and announce his arrival within the next week. Despite having a strict 15-day deadline, their offer of €500 million a year is seen as being one that the PSG star will find tough to reject. Despite the fact that Messi apparently sees past the financial aspect of Al-Hilal’s offer to the Argentine, it is tempting.

The deal was believed to have “gone cold” last week because the player had concerns about the standard of football in Saudi Arabia. Thus, the Arab club has made the decision to make one more effort to sign the World Cup winner and is confident in their ability to do it. Within the following 48 hours, Messi’s camp is anticipated to make a definitive choice.

Messi’s future appears more hazy than ever from the outside. He is being aggressively pursued by Inter Miami to join the MLS in June, however a move back to Barcelona is also a possibility. Everything about the Catalans’ situation rests on La Liga’s acceptance of the economic viability plan.

Newcastle United and Chelsea entered the top three teams earlier today in the race for the legend’s services. But if he were to remain in Europe, Barcelona would be the former captain’s first choice.

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