Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh rivals Al Hilal want to sign Lionel Messi.
Signing Messi would be a PR coup for Saudi Arabia.
PSG could lose another player before the end of January.
The month of January continues, and so do Saudi Arabia’s initiatives to embrace sport. The kingdom has its eyes set on Lionel Messi after using the promise of “a fresh challenge” to entice Cristiano Ronaldo to Al Nassr.
Messi is desired by Al Nassr’s Riyadh rivals, Al Hilal. As the nation’s current tourist ambassador, Messi is unlikely to be swayed by bothersome moral issues regarding human rights and sportswashing. According to Mundo Deportivo, Al Hilal and its sponsors would value acquiring Messi at about $300 million annually because Saudi Arabia is anticipated to submit a bid for the 2030 World Cup together with Greece and Egypt. Signing Messi would be a PR coup.
Al Hilal are eager to recruit Messi this month, but it’s unclear whether his current club, Paris Saint-Germain, which is owned by Qatar, would be content to allow one of their star players depart six months before the conclusion of his contract.
Next week, PSG will play a friendly match against a group of players from Al Nassr and Al Hilal; they may work out the kinks then. The Wolves are interested in Pablo Sarabia, so the French league leaders could lose another player before the month is up. Since he has 18 months left on his contract and has already worked with Julen Lopetegui, most notably with Spain’s youth teams, he ought to be reasonably priced.
After the club decided not to exercise an option to extend his contract by another year, former PSG midfielder Lucas Moura appears destined to depart Tottenham in the summer on a free transfer. Leandro Trossard is being considered as a potential replacement, but Brighton would prefer to keep their team together this month as they pursue their goal of playing in Europe.
Following Tino Livramento’s setback in his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament surgery, Southampton is now considering a move for the Luton defender James Bree. Although he has also been mentioned with an interest in Celtic’s Josip Juranovic, Nathan Jones is well acquainted with Bree from their time spent together at Kenilworth Road.
Arnaut Danjuma might complete the south coast trifecta of the Premier League by being re-signed by Bournemouth. While his first stint at Dean Court wasn’t all that successful, he has subsequently excelled for La Liga’s Villarreal. It’s encouraging that he has already stated a desire to go back to England. Due to his experience with the team, Bournemouth is confident that they will be able to secure an initial loan through the end of the season with the possibility of an extension.
Clubs interested in Youssoufa Moukoko, like Manchester United, Chelsea, and Newcastle, have a less promising future. His contract negotiations with Borussia Dortmund have made progress, and he may now be able to stay at the Westfalenstadion.
He is in line for a new four-year contract, which should dampen speculation over his future. Until the summer, that is.
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