Lionel Messi’s father has met with representatives of David Beckham’s MLS club Inter Miami, according to reports.
Beckham is said to want to bring Barcelona superstar Messi to the new franchise with a huge offer potentially on the table.
Clubs across the world have been alert after it emerged a clause in Messi’s contract allows him to terminate his deal with Barcelona at the end of any season now he has passed his 32nd birthday.
The Argentine has been with Barcelona his entire career and is widely regarded as the best player in the world – and possibly in football history.
But when he decides the time has come to leave Barcelona, he will be in demand across the planet, and he could earn big money playing in Major League Soccer.
Signing Messi would be a major coup for Beckham’s Inter Miami ahead of the club’s first season in MLS, and would no doubt help draw fans to the new franchise.
The five-times Ballon d’Or would also be a huge draw for the league as it continues to boost its profile worldwide.
And now former Manchester United and Real Madrid star Beckham, who parts owns Inter Miami, has made a move on Messi by sending his sporting director Paul McDonough for talks with Messi’s dad, according to the Sun.
Messi’s father is an adviser to the Barca ace, and the report claims McDonough had talks with him in London, where Beckham was spotted watching Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
One option could be for Messi to be shared by two clubs, similar to the deal Beckham was on when he played for LA Galaxy in the MLS.
But the player may yet decide he has more to achieve playing for Barcelona.
Following an inconsistent start, the La Liga champions are up to fourth on the table following their 5-2 victory over Valencia on Saturday. Messi watched from the stands as he continues to recover from a recent injury.
Barca begin their Champions League campaign on Tuesday away to Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund.