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Al-Hilal make bids for three of Lionel Messi’s ex-teammates after agreeing outrageous offer for PSG man

The Saudi side have gone big to try and get the World Cup winner


Saudi League side Al-Hilal are preparing offers for three of Lionel Messi’s former teammates as they look to put together a package to bring the Argentine to the middle east, having agreed to make Messi the highest paid player of all time next season.

Returning to training today with current side Paris Saint Germain, Messi’s time in the French capital is rapidly reaching its end, and the Argentine will be a free agent once more at the end of the season.

Barcelona are thought to be keen to bring him back to Camp Nou, but are unable to make it work financially, and reports today suggest that Messi has accepted ‘a megadeal worth £260million-a-year’ to follow Cristiano Ronaldo to the Middle-East for the start of next season.

It will make him the highest-paid player in football history, overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr deal, which is thought to be worth £177m per year.

Further concessions will be made to lure Messi to the middle east too. According to reports, Al-Hilal are ready to offer contracts to two of his ex-teammates and one current one, with all of Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Marco Verratti set to be offered the chance to join Messi in Saudi Arabia.

Such a move will prove a logistical nightmare, with only 7 non-Saudi players allowed in any one squad, though there is a chance that is increased to eight in the months to come.

As it stands, Al-Hilal boast Moussa Marega, Odeon Ighalo, Michael, Andre Carrillo, Luciano Vietto, Gustavo Cuellar and defender Hyun Soo-Jan, meaning that at least four would have to depart at the end of the season to fit Messi and his fellow stars into the squad.

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Ben Browning

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