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Messi set to replace Odion Ighalo at Saudi side Al Hilal

Messi set to replace Odion Ighalo at Saudi side Al Hilal

Football superstar Lionel Messi is reportedly in talks with Saudi Arabian football club Al Hilal for a potential move to the club.

Sky Sports News has reported that Messi may be a replacement for Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo, whose contract with Al Hilal is set to expire in two months, and for whom no extension talks are planned.

Representatives from Al Ain and Al Nasr Dubai have reportedly approached Ighalo for a potential move.

Ighalo moved to Al Hilal from fellow Saudi Pro League side Al Shabab in January and has since become the highest goal scorer in the league with 18 goals from 22 league games. He scored 12 times in 13 league games for Al Hilal last season

Reports suggest that Al Hilal is working on a deal to sign Messi, with some sources suggesting the deal could be worth over £400 million. Messi is expected to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer after his contract with the club expires.

Messi was suspended by PSG last week for travelling to Saudi Arabia without permission from the French league leaders.

Messi’s potention move to Saudi Arabia will see him joining Cristiano Ronaldo, his perennial rival, who moved to Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr in January after falling out with Manchester United.

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