Clubs in Saudi Arabia are still hopeful of convincing Paris Saint-Germain attacker Lionel Messi to move to the country in the near future.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is yet to agree to a contract extension with PSG beyond the summer, although the French champions can trigger a 12-month extension until the end of next season.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi has expressed his desire to tie Messi down to new terms, with the Argentina international blossoming under Christophe Galtier this term following a difficult opening campaign in Paris.
Talks between Messi and PSG over a new deal have intensified since the World Cup, but both Barcelona and Inter Miami are understood to be keeping a close eye on developments.
In January, it had been alleged that Messi had a change of heart on a verbal agreement with PSG over a new deal, and the 35-year-old would be prepared to seek pastures new in the summer.
Such reports are now thought to be wide of the mark, but Messi continues to run down the final few months of his Parc des Princes contract as talks rumble on in the background.
The likes of Al-Hilal and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr have both been linked with moves for Messi, who was part of a PSG team that defeated a Riyadh All-Star XI 5-4 in a Saudi Arabia friendly last month.
According to Sky Sports News, clubs in Saudi Arabia are not giving up hope of convincing Messi to join Ronaldo in the Saudi Pro League, in spite of his ongoing contract talks with PSG.
Both Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr will possess the financial firepower to sign Messi, and the former are reportedly willing to make the former Barcelona man the highest-paid player on the planet.
Messi could supposedly earn over £200m per year in Saudi Arabia, although the outlet adds that he did indeed reach an agreement in principle over a new PSG deal in the winter, and Galtier’s men are confident of retaining his services.