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David Beckham is set to buy a Miami MLS franchise

david-beckhamDavid Beckham has chosen Miami to start a Major League Soccer franchise, according to sources close to the former England captain.

As first revealed by Charles Sale’s Sports Agenda, the ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder will ask the MLS to approve the ownership option in his league contract when he joined the LA Galaxy in 2007.

Beckham had a clause in his original contract with LA Galaxy allowing him to buy an MLS club with a 25 per cent discount and has almost settled on Florida, where MLS are keen to expand.

He is expected to announce progress before Christmas once his co-investors are in place

Beckham has been mulling the location of an MLS team in anticipation of his new career as a team owner.

His representatives are already looking at sites for a purpose-built football-only stadium, according to a source in Miami.

‘They have people looking real hard. They want to be in the urban core,’ the source said.

MLS confirmed it was in discussions with Beckham but declined to confirm if a deal had been struck.

‘We are continuing our discussions with David Beckham regarding future ownership of an MLS expansion team,’ said MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche.

‘Our policy regarding discussions with potential expansion team owners is that we keep those conversations private until the individuals we are speaking with decide they want to go public with their plans. Thus, it is more appropriate for David Beckham to comment on his plans.’

Beckham left the Galaxy in December after five years and retired from playing in May after four months with Paris Saint-Germain.

There are 19 MLS teams and Commissioner Don Garber hopes to expand to 24 by the 2020 season.

Source: Daily Mail

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