Sources have told ESPN
that senior figures behind Al Hilal’s attempt to sign Lionel Messi fear he has lost interest as he also weighs a move to either Barcelona or Inter Miami.
Top News Planet Wednesday said that Messi has reached a deal with Inter Miami, but a spokesperson for the Major League Soccer club declined comment when asked to confirm or deny by ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle.
When his contract with Paris Saint Germain ends on June 30 Messi 35 is expected to become a free agent. The French champions stated last week that the former Barcelona star who went to Parc des Princes in 2021 would not stay at the club through the conclusion of his term. For More Information….
ESPN reported in April that Al Hilal one of four Saudi Pro League clubs taken over by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund this week had made an offer to Messi, with sources saying the club believed they had a 50 50 chance of signing the player.
But while Al Hilal’s offer remains on the table sources in Saudi Arabia have told ESPN that contact with the Messi camp has diminished and that there is a growing acceptance that the Argentine is now torn between a return to Barca, with whom he won 10 LaLiga titles and four Champions League titles before his exit to PSG and a move to the Miami franchise part owned by David Beckham.
One source said that the choice for Messi now boils down to an emotional return to Barca or a commercially driven move to Inter Miami.
Separate sources have also told ESPN
that Barcelona, although determined to re-sign their greatest player ever, must overcome “complications” to get a deal done due to the need to prove the financial feasibility of any agreement to LaLiga.
A Messi move to Miami, who parted company with coach Phil Neville last week, could represent the biggest signing ever for MLS.
Miami have reportedly held talks with Tata Martino about taking the managerial role there. Martino is a former manager for both Argentina and Barcelona, having worked with Messi on both teams.
According to reports, Miami’s offer to Messi includes complex sponsorship deals with brands such as Apple and Adidas.