It is being revealed that former football megastar, David Beckham wants Barcelona midfield maestro Xavi for his new MLS venture in Miami.
is tied to Barcelona until 2016 when he
will be 36 and, despite interest from elsewhere, he has made it clear
he wants to see out his career at the Camp Nou.
Xavi, who played his 144th Champions League tie in the 2-0 win over
Manchester City on Tuesday night, was linked with a move to New York
Red Bulls earlier this year but responded by revealing the only club he
had considered leaving Barca for was Bayern Munich in 2008.
would fall in line with Beckham’s franchise aspirations with his
Miami-based club not expected to be ready to start until 2017 as they
plan to build a new stadium with the waterfront at Biscayne Bay, near
where Caribbean cruise ships dock, a potential site.
It is understood, however, that early soundings have been
made and so far Xavi is receptive to the idea if he feels his body is
still fit enough to continue.
is heavily populated by Spanish-speaking residents and Xavi would be a
huge commercial draw as Beckham looks to get the city behind his new
Balon d'r Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo has also been mentioned and may consider the move appealing as he will be 32 at that stage.
Beckham, who only retired from the game just last summer after winning the French Lique One title with PSG, exercised an option in his MLS
contract, in which he played six years and won two titles with the LA Galaxy, to
purchase a franchise for a below-market £15million.
include business partner, Simon Fuller, who created American Idol, and
Marcelo Claure, the Miami-based billionaire chief executive of the
global wireless distribution firm Brightstar Corp.
York Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh, the former Scotland
manager, ruled out their own chances of signing Xavi but said MLS sides
were hopeful of big name additions after the World Cup.
He said: ‘There
could be some opportunities in the summer but in the short term with
Xavi I couldn’t see anything happening. If we’d ever sign him, I’d just
retire. It’d be great. I’d just come and watch him because he’s just