PSG a step too far for Beckham?

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Paris and David Beckham sounds like a pretty good fit, doesn't it? A cool, chic, bohemian city paired with one of the cultural icons of the 21st century seems like an almost perfect match.

Well, it would appear that this could soon be achieved, with nouveau-riche Paris Saint-Germain keen to bring the former England captain to the Parc des Princes after the MLS season concludes in November.

PSG's director of football is former Brazil midfielder Leonardo, who worked with Beckham during a stint as manager of AC Milan. And he knows that bringing Beckham to the club could be a solution to help PSG gain notoriety further afield.

"I coached him at AC Milan [where Beckham, 36, was loaned from MLS side LA Galaxy] and we created a good relationship," Leonardo told BBC Sport.

"He is more than a football player, but when you see him every day he trains and plays like a kid.

"He is someone that I really appreciate and admire so much - his values and everything he has done in football."

He added: "The door is open. He is more than a football player - he's a brand, a pop star. I would always consider him.

"He respects the rules, listens to you and wants the best for the team. That's why for me he is a big example. I worked with him and that's why I talk about his name."

The matter of whether or not PSG can afford Beckham is not even in question. The Qatari-owned club were the biggest spenders in Europe during the summer - outlaying a whopping £75.6 million on transfers.


But, what does remain open for debate, is whether or not Beckham joining PSG represents good business for both the player and the club.

The Parisian giants are attempting to create a new image for themselves; investing in young talent in order to challenge for honours both domestically and on the continent.

With all due respect to Beckham, should PSG attempt to sign him, it would be hard to argue that the decision was taken for footballing reasons.

Of course, there is no suggestion that PSG would attempt to veil their commercial ambitions with claims of squad enhancement, but signing Beckham would surely send out a message of short-termism and, almost, desperation.

Sure, shirt sales are likely to increase and PSG's global profile will most certainly rise. But Beckham's commercial appeal - in the sporting world at least - is in decline.

Beckham will be out of contract with LA Galaxy at the end of the campaign and is said to be on the look out for a club in Europe to help him fulfil his aim of representing Great Britain in the Olympics next year.

But is PSG really the best option for the 36-year-old? Beckham maintains that he wants to play at the highest level possible before he brings down the curtain on an illustrious career. This could mean he will target a move to a club in the Champions League but, for all their riches, PSG are currently unable to offer that.

It is difficult to envisage they would be able to offer him regular first-team football, either, with nine summer signings likely to be followed by several more in January.

It does, then, beg the question where the former Manchester United star will rock up as he looks for what will be his last contract in football. Beckham and Paris? GMF isn't so sure.

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