Roman Abramovich could be about to team up with none other than David Beckham.
However, the Russian oligarch faces stiff completion from Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari owners and a wealthy Chinese group.
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Beckham has been seeking partners to invest £207 million for stadium construction and players over the past six months.
And the former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar appears to be edging closer to striking a multi-million pound agreement.
Beckham excited by MLS project
Beckham, who hung up his boots in 2013, is one of the world’s wealthiest retired athletes and has been keen to establish his own MLS franchise for a number of years now.
Just a few months after retiring, the 40-year-old announced he’d chosen Miami as the destination for his new team.
"I think Miami fans are very passionate about their sports and very passionate about winning," he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport at the time. "It's definitely exciting."
Beckham has been planning MLS franchise for years
Beckham had plans to create an MLS franchise as early as 2007 when he decided to leave Real Madrid for LA Galaxy.
Part of his LA Galaxy contract included an option to create a new MLS club by buying an “expansion franchise”.
With his own personal wealth and expertise - plus the backing of a billionaire like Abramovich - don’t be surprised if Beckham’s MLS project ends up being a roaring success.
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