Lionel Messi receives 'official bid' to leave PSG and Barcelona legend would earn a 'mammoth' salary
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Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi has received an ‘official bid’ and a mammoth salary offer amid uncertainty surrounding his future, according to stunning reports.
Messi is out of contract with PSG in the summer and the 35-year-old Argentine forward has attracted fierce transfer interest from the MLS and former club Barcelona.
PSG were keen to keep the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner and wanted him to commit his future to the club during Argentina’s stunning 2022 World Cup triumph in Qatar.
However, the defending Ligue 1 champions have been unable to tie Messi down to a new deal and the Barcelona legend could walk on a free at the end of the season.
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal have submitted an ‘official bid’ for Messi and coupled it with an eye-watering salary.
Al Hilal have been linked with the 2022 World Cup winner in recent weeks and are keen to lure PSG star Messi to Saudi Arabia.
Romano has revealed that the Saudi Arabian club have offered the Argentina captain a staggering salary worth more than €400m.
A move to Al Hilal would reunite Messi with fierce on-pitch rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who completed a lucrative move to Al Nassr after leaving Manchester United.
🚨 Understand Al Hilal sent an official bid to Leo Messi: salary worth more than €400m/year.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 4, 2023
◉ Leo’s absolute priority: continue in Europe.
◉ Barcelona, waiting on FFP to send bid and open talks.
◉ PSG bid, not accepted at this stage as Messi wanted sporting guarantees. pic.twitter.com/FVTDGs4eQV
However, Romano has claimed that Messi’s ‘absolute priority’ is to remain in Europe, despite being subject to fierce interest from Saudi Arabia and the USA.
He added that Messi’s former club Barcelona are awaiting Financial Fair Play to ‘send bid and open talks,’ with the La Liga side’s financial struggles well documented.
And Romano also reported that the PSG bid has ‘not [been] accepted at this stage,’ with Messi wanting ‘sporting guarantees’ before he makes a commitment.
Messi moved to PSG in 2021 on a free transfer after leaving Barcelona, who were unable to sign him to a new deal due to La Liga’s financial regulations.