David Beckham’s Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise Inter Miami will enter the league next season and the footballing legend has identified Lionel Messi as a marquee signing.
The Florida-based team will enter the MLS in the 2020 season, which starts in March next year.
And the England legend has sent Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough to London for talks with Messi’s father Jorge, (who acts as an advisor for his son) according to The Sun.
It emerged recently that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner can exit his Barcelona contract for free at the end of each season under his current terms.
The Argentine has not yet come close to exercising that privilege and has no plans in place to leave the club where he has spent his whole career.
But the report states that the MLS is “sure to be a destination at some point” for the 32-year-old.
Miami has a large Hispanic community and is closer to Messi’s home city of Rosario, which are both seen as draws for the superstar.
Unlike other professional American leagues, there is no salary cap in MLS which makes Messi’ earning capacity huge in the commercial centre of the globe.
Messi currently earns a reported £500,000 a week at Camp Nou but it is unknown how much Inter Miami would be able to offer.
Beckham is open to sharing the forward with another European club during the off-season, from November to February, much like the relationship he shared with AC Milan while at LA Galaxy.
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