David Beckham is planning to bring Lionel Messi and three of his former Barcelona team-mates to Inter Miami after the World Cup in Qatar. Having created the Major League Soccer Franchise Inter Miami four years ago, Beckham is eager to take the American league to ‘another level’ on and off the pitch. He has identified Messi, Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets as the four targets he would like to secure over the next two years.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Beckham is eager to sign the four core players of Barcelona’s 2014-2015 treble winning team. The Spanish publication believes Suarez could be the first of Beckham’s targets to join Inter Miami as he is set to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old won the LaLiga title in his first season under Diego Simeone and scored 21 goals, but is now poised to walk away at the end of his second campaign. Messi could be the second star to join the MLS franchise as he may look to leave Paris Saint-Germain after just one season in the French capital. Messi is said to ‘unhappy’ with the Ligue 1 side and considering a potential move.
Beckham previously held talks with Messi about the Argentine star ending his career at Inter Miami. The talks reportedly took place when Messi purchased a $7million (£5m) apartment in the area. Inter Miami co-owner Jorge Mas previously said that the club were optimistic of signing Messi at the end of his two-year spell at PSG.
Mas said that he is optimistic Messi will play in an Inter Miami shirt because he thinks it will complete the legacy of the greatest player in this generation and will meet with the ambitions of the owners of Inter Miami to build a world-class team.