Newcastle United owners fund ‘done deal’ - and target record-breaking transfer

Newcastle United’s owners are eyeing up Messi after reportedly securing Karim Benzema.
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Newcastle United’s owners have their eyes set on Lionel Messi and are reportedly up for providing the funds for a shock transfer.

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund are willinging to splash the cash to convince the World Cup winner to join Cristiano Ronaldo in the Middle East.

Newcastle United non executive and PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Newcastle United non executive and PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Newcastle United non executive and PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Ronaldo joined Saudi Pro League team Al-Nassr after leaving Manchester United in what the country hopes is the first of many transfers of top talent.

It’s all but confirmed that Messi will be leaving PSG this summer and last night he was booed by the fans as he celebrated the club winning the league. Both he and Neymar Jr- who is also reportedly departing the French side- left the pitch early.

And according to reports, the Argentinian has been offerred a record-breaking contract to tempt the move- funded by PIF.

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It is also being reported Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema move to Al Ittihad is a done deal. According to Fabrizio Romano, the Frenchman has signed the main part of the documents to join the Saudi Pro League winners.

As well as financing the Saudi Pro League, PIF signed 20-year commercial agreements with the four most popular Saudi teams and The New York Times has suggested the clubs also have an agreement with the Investment Fund which will cover three top players per team.

Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates with the FIFA World Cup trophy on March 28, 2023 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. (Photo by Hernan Cortez/Getty Images)Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates with the FIFA World Cup trophy on March 28, 2023 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. (Photo by Hernan Cortez/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates with the FIFA World Cup trophy on March 28, 2023 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. (Photo by Hernan Cortez/Getty Images)

This gives the teams massive scope to offer targets huge amounts of money to tempt them into the league. Ronaldo is reportedly paid £172 million a year, around 80 million more than what Messi currently earns.