Tite, a former Brazil coach, has been out of a job since the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where his team failed to make it past the quarterfinal stage, losing to Croatia on penalties; However, this may soon change.
The current Argentine head of Al-Hilal, Ramon Díaz, has already left Saudi Arabia, although not because he was fired. A family emergency forced his premature return to South America, but he will still be without a contract this summer.
In fact, Diaz was already under increasing pressure after Al-Hilal’s flops in the league and their Asian Champions League loss to Japan’s Urawa Reds. The Riyadh veteran had no plans to renew his contract and, according to various reports, he has already lined up a replacement.
According to Aridiyah, Al-Hilal are in talks with Tite and could soon be announced as their new head coach.,
Bringing in a big-name manager could increase their chances of landing Lionel Messi, although an offer of €400m a year would surely be more attractive than a face on the bench.
Neymar, Messi’s partner at Paris Saint-Germain, would surely love the idea of keeping his former national team boss, whom he affectionately called ‘the Professor’, and if the club’s financial problems lead to a return to Barcelona, So the Neymar-Tite connection could tip the scales in favor of Al-Hilal.
The Brazil coach will be the latest high-profile football personality to travel to Saudi Arabia. Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Al-Nasr has already boosted the country’s prestige and the government is keen to attract more stars to its Pro League. In fact, former PSG and Spurs winger Lucas Moura is also on his way to the Saudi club.