Report: Lionel Messi’s transfer to Saudi Arabia is a done deal


AFP report this Tuesday morning that Lionel Messi (35) will play for a Saudi Arabian outfit next season following the expiry of his two-year contract with PSG. A Saudi source, who is close to the negotiations, told the French press agency that the contract Messi will sign is “huge“.

On Monday, L’Equipe reported that the 2022 World Cup winner with Argentina had an offer from the Gulf state and the move was even discussed during his unauthorized trip to the country last week, for which he was suspended by PSG. He returned to training yesterday after a public apology posted on his social media.

The contract being presented to the former Barcelona player is said to cover two seasons, including a potential optional third. This is the case with his contract with PSG, although in this case the clause will not be triggered. He is set to earn a record salary estimated at 500-600 million euros. However, the former Barcelona man is said to still favor any offers that could come from Europe as he wants to play at the highest level until the 2024 Copa América.

Nevertheless, his departure to the kingdom is “a done deal.” He will play in Saudi Arabia,” a source told AFP on condition of anonymity. The press agency contacted PSG, who responded that their player’s contract expires next month.

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