Just like he did as a player when he joined LA Galaxy in 2007, David Beckham is looking to transform the face of the MLS as president of Inter Miami, as he eyes up a selection of ambitious transfer targets for his franchise.
After six years of plotting and planning, Inter Miami finally made their MLS bow in March 2020, although their honeymoon period has been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Beckham purchased the team in 2014 and is aiming to attract some of European football’s biggest names to the States.
According to Spanish news outlet Don Balon, David Silva’s rumoured move to Miami from Manchester City is on the verge of completion.
The diminutive Spaniard’s contract at the Etihad expires in the summer, bringing his glittering nine-year spell with City to a close.
But Beckham’s eye for the household name does not stop there.
The former Manchester United man is also targeting Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric, whose Real Madrid contract also expires at the end of the current campaign.
The 34-year-old wants one last swan song before retiring, and according to the report, the prospect of a move to Miami to work with Beckham is very attractive to the veteran Croatian.
The out-of-favour James Rodriguez is also on Beckham’s radar, and Rodriguez is not ruling out the possibility of moving to the USA, as this would enable him to be closer to his daughter.
Barcelona’s Luis Suárez, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic are also said to be on the former England captain’s list of potential targets.
The latter two are considering their Barcelona futures due to feeling ‘undervalued’ at the club. A move for Rakitic seems more unlikely, as the Modric’s compatriot would prefer to remain in Spain.
Vidal, meanwhile, turns 33 in May, and although he wants to continue competing at the highest level, he is reportedly not averse to moving to the States.