David Beckham has ‘reached out’ to Lionel Messi over sensational MLS transfer, according to Barcelona radio station
Sept. 10, 2019
DAVID BECKHAM has 'reached out' to Lionel Messi over a huge-money switch to Inter Miami, according to Barcelona Radio.
Becks ' new club launches in the MLS in March 2020 - while Messi can leave Barca for free in June.
And with former England skipper Beckham scouring the world for elite-level performers, the Inter owner is now being directly linked with the biggest scalp of all.
Messi, 32, has reportedly been targeted for what Barcelona Radio's Xavi Campos called a "huge" deal that "interests" the Argentina legend.
Ex- Real Madrid midfielder Becks has openly admitted he dreams of recruiting Messi and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo , 34, who have both won the Ballon d'Or five times.
Beckham said earlier this year: "Everyone has their wish list .
"But if you look at the way Leo and Cristiano are still playing, even at what you might think is the later stage of their careers, I don't see it ending for them.
'YOU NEVER KNOW'
"They're playing at such a high level that it's hard to see them leaving the clubs they are at. But we will see. You never know what can happen in football."
Messi's current Barca contract, signed in 2017, is thought to have a clause letting him depart without a fee at the end of any season - to a club outside Europe.
But Nou Camp president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted this week Neymar is keen to stay and Barca aim to retain him until at least 2022.
After ruling out re-signing PSG striker Neymar until next summer at the earliest, Bartomeu said of Messi: "I have no doubt he will want to continue until 2021 and we hope after that another year."
In fact, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo suggested yesterday Bartomeu is ready to offer Messi a "life contract" - keeping him with the La Liga champions for the rest of his career.
Messi has previously hinted he would eventually like to wind down his carer in his home country with childhood club Newell’s Old Boys.
But the chance to be part of a completely new venture with Beckham might appeal to the all-time great as a dynamic addition to his peerless playing CV.