Messi’s new club ready to make official announcement
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Messi’s new club ready to make official announcement

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Messi’s new club ready to make official announcement

The transfer saga involving Lionel Messi is nearing its conclusion, as the Barcelona legend is poised to reject a return to Camp Nou and instead opt for a transfer to the Saudi Pro League, which would make him the highest-paid athlete in sports history.

The deal has received virtual confirmation from Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, the Saudi sports minister, who suggested that Messi and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema will be joining Cristiano Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro League during the summer transfer window.

Messi’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is set to expire at the end of the season, and he has no plans to renew it with the Ligue 1 club.

According to Sport, the sports minister stated, “Benzema and Messi? The clubs will officially announce this in due course.”

Although the specific Saudi Pro League clubs that Messi and Benzema will join have not been disclosed, it is expected that Messi will go to Al-Hilal, setting up a direct competition with Ronaldo once again.

Barcelona had hoped for a dramatic return of Messi to Camp Nou this summer, but it seems that the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations working against them will be too difficult to overcome.

The club has been exploring various solutions, including the possibility of partnering with David Beckham’s Inter Miami for a loan deal. However, even this option appears to be out of reach for Barcelona.

Messi is not willing to wait all summer for Barcelona to find a solution, and reportedly, his father, Jorge, is urging him towards the lucrative deal offered by Saudi Arabia.

Benzema is also expected to move to Saudi Arabia on a free transfer, as his contract with Real Madrid will expire at the end of the season.

This situation presents a significant challenge for Los Blancos, as their pursuit of PSG’s Kylian Mbappe is likely to be hindered by financial constraints until he becomes a free agent next summer, and their long-term target Erling Haaland is out of reach due to his ties with Manchester City.

Al-Faisal has hinted that both Messi and Benzema’s transfers will be announced once their respective seasons in France and Spain come to a close.

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