Neymar is set to complete a move to the Saudi Pro League after Al Hilal agreed a reported 90 million euros ($98 million) transfer fee with Paris Saint-Germain on Monday.
Al Hilal could finally seal a statement signing to match Al Nassr, its city rival in Riyadh, which lured Cristiano Ronaldo in January.
Neymar and PSG agreed last week he could leave although his widely reported preference, like Lionel Messi several weeks ago, was on returning to their former club Barcelona.
Barcelona’s troubled finances make such deals tough and Messi instead chose Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami in June.
Neymar’s signing was making progress on the day of the season-opening league game for Al Hilal, a record 18-time national champion.
Al Hilal was playing at Abha and giving league debuts to Brazilian winger Malcom and Portugal midfielder Rúben Neves, who cost the two previous most expensive transfer fees paid by a Saudi club. They were priced, respectively, at a reported 60 million euros ($65 million) from Zenit St. Petersburg and 55 million euros ($60 million) from Wolverhampton.