Lionel Messi’s camp has reportedly accepted a £1bn bid to join Saudi club Al-Hilal.
The 35-year-old is set to play the final game of his two-season-long spell at Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday. Messi’s arrival at Parc des Princes comes after he was briefly suspended by PSG over an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia.
That spread the flame to increased speculation about Messi agreeing on a move to the Middle East once his contract runs out at the end of this season, but the Argentine’s dad and agent Jorge categorically denied.
However, a new report by Foot Mercato, suggests that Al-Hilal has overcome a major hurdle in dealing with the player’s camp.
The French outlet claims Messi’s camp has accepted a deal that would see him grab loads of money, a sum of nearly £1bn (€1.2bn) over two years – or close to £500m per year.
That would be more than double what his former Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo is earning in Saudi Arabia after joining Al Hilal rivals Al-Nassr.
Despite Jorge Messi’s concerns in the past, Foot Mercato says the agent has already agreed on a deal that will net him the highest transfer commission in football history.
And that’s despite Messi preferring to return to his childhood days at FC Barcelona, where he won four Champions League titles and spent most of his career before being forced out of the club due to the club’s horrible financial situation.