Thursday, January 31, 2013
DAVID BECKHAM SET TO SIGN FOR PSG
Former England captain David Beckham is set to make a sensational switch to Paris Saint-Germain.
Along with Roma's Daniele De Rossi and Napolo's Marek Hamsik, the midfielder was one of a number of high-profile names being considered by manager Carlo Ancelotti and the former England captain is expected to be unveiled at a press conference right about now
Beckham had been a free agent having left LA Galaxy in November and was training with Arsenal in a bid to keep up his fitness.
The midfielder had also been linked with a move to the French capital last year before committing to a final successful year in the MLS.
Ancelotti, who managed Beckham when in charge at AC Milan, had also previously denied an interest in him before reconsidering that stance.
Clubs in China, America and even England had all explored the possibility of signing the 37-year-old though Arsenal, despite him training with them, were not among them.
PSG's next fixture, incidentally, is in the league away to Toulouse tomorrow evening.
The Paris club are currently joint-top of Ligue 1 and Beckham's title-winning experience in England and Spain can only help them beat Lyon to the championship.
Beckham's transfer there also represents another opportunity for him to win the Champions League, where Valencia are their last 16 opponents.
Beckham is to join another Englishman in Ligue 1. Joey Barton, on loan at Marseille and never reluctant to speak his mind, has already tweeted about his compatriot's arrival.
'Really hope Beckham goes to PSG. Double header against them in French Cup and League back end of Feb at their place,' the controversial midfielder said.
'He'll be great for French Football. Although, he'll remain 2nd best/best looking, Englishman in France. That'll hurt his confidence!'
Beckham's arrival will also please the PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who in November encouraged the midfielder to resist all other offers and join him in Paris.