PSG will fly to Saudi Arabia in mid-January to play in the 2023 Riyadh Season Cup. The trip will allow fans to watch Lionel Messi play against an Al-Nasser side led by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Saudi club will take advantage of the meeting to talk Sergio Ramos into signing with them.
According to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs, PSG is contractually obliged to play against Al-Nasser in mid-January as part of the 2023 Riyadh Season Cup to be held in Saudi Arabia.
Jacobs is reporting that the game between PSG and a combined team made up of players from both Al-Nasser and Al-Hilal will take place in January 2023 after it got "postponed last January due to COVID-related disruptions."
PSG is under the obligation of reporting for the match without any possibility of canceling it, according to Jacobs. "PSG are contractually obliged to play the fixture," wrote Jacobs.
This obligation arises from the fact that beIN Sports has non-exclusive rights in MENA and exclusive broadcasting rights in France. The final date of the game "is still being finalized," according to Jacobs, but "sources say mid-late January" is "likely" the target.
A reunion between Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo might be in the works
Jacobs reports that the most optimal window for PSG to schedule and play this game is "after the game at Rennes on Jan. 15," and he also adds that PSG "don't plan to stay in Saudi Arabia for long."
This seemingly comes as retaliation from the QSI group (read: Qatar) "after 42 World Cup games were blocked by Saudi Arabia on beIN's streaming service," reports Jacobs. "beIN (and thus PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi) unhappy with the situation."
Most interesting is the report included in the series of Tweets published by Jacobs and related to veteran PSG defender Sergio Ramos.
Jacobs says that "the game may prove an opportunity for Al-Nassr to talk to Sergio Ramos, who they are considering signing" as we reported a few days ago here at PSG Post.
It is widely known that PSG haven't decided yet if they want Ramos to remain in the club after the summer transfer window, considering his deal expires next June.
Ramos will turn 37 years old next March and he should also discuss his future with PSG soon. Injured for most of last season, the Spaniard is playing a lot more this year for Paris Saint-Germain even in a secondary role.
The former Real Madrid captain also likes PSG and is inclined to extend his stay in France.