Beckham’s MLS franchise in talks with PSG

Date published: Tuesday 16th February 2016 1:08

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Paris Saint-Germain are one of a number of interested parties in talks to buy a stake in David Beckham’s Miami Major League Soccer franchise, Press Association Sport understands.

Miami Beckham United (MBU), the ownership vehicle behind the proposed MLS expansion franchise, has been seeking financial backing to help build a stadium and team.

It is understood any link-up with Ligue 1 champions PSG, owned by Qatar Sports Investment, is about more than just a funding relationship.

Manchester City have a partnership with teams in New York, Melbourne and Yokohama, and that format could be replicated – at least in part – in Miami.

Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Beckham finished his playing career with PSG in 2012-13.

The ex-England captain’s profile and the potential of the Miami franchise has also attracted interest from wealthy individuals across the globe.

It may even interest Chelsea’s Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, as well as others in the Middle East, China and elsewhere.

In a statement, MBU said: “As Miami Beckham United lays the groundwork for launching a world-class soccer club in Miami, our team has attracted interest from a number of potential partners.

“David Beckham, Simon Fuller and Marcelo Claure are evaluating these possibilities, with the goal of bringing additional resources and international expertise that draws players, staff and fans from around the world.

“At the same time, we are performing due diligence on our stadium site as we move toward finalising the acquisition of two privately held properties and a third county-owned parcel over the coming weeks.”

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