Paris Saint-Germain officials are negotiating the purchase of a stake in David Beckham’s Miami Major League Soccer franchise, according to the BBC.
Miami Beckham United (MBU), the ownership vehicle behind the proposed outfit, has been looking for a partner to provide additional financial backing since around July last year.
Beckham has a connection with the Parisian shareholders having made ten appearances for the French Ligue 1 giants before hanging up his boots in May 2013.
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Qatar Sports Investment, the wealthy group bankrolling PSG, is not the only party interested in brokering a deal with Beckham.
Chelsea oligarch Roman Abramovich has reportedly been in contact with the former England captain about securing a potential £207 million deal for stadium construction and signings.
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Speaking of players, reports have even suggested Cristiano Ronaldo could be interested in linking up with his former Manchester United teammate in Miami when he leaves Real Madrid.
Having turned down Beckham in three previous attempts, the MLS has finally approved his plans to construct a 25,000-seater stadium for the club in the city’s Overton neighbourhood.
The $220 million (£152 million) proposed home of the Miami franchise is expected to entirely privately funded and feature a partial roof and grass playing surface.
Beckham’s MLS franchise project comes as part of a clause in previous Los Angeles Galaxy contract allowing him to own a team at the end of his career.
His endeavours had been slowed by an inability to find a suitable playing venue until December last year.
Having taken a major step towards being ready for its scheduled appearance in the 2018 MLS season, there is little wonder Beckham is desperate to tie down an investor to give his franchise the final push it needs.
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