Former England international making post-retirement plans in club ownership.
David Beckham is reportedly set to hold talks with Major League Soccer over the possibility of purchasing a new club in the US, according to BBC Sport.
The Paris St-Germain midfielder announced his retirement from football on Thursday, and will take part in his final club game this weekend.
It brings to an end a glittering career which has seen him play for some of the most highly decorated clubs in Europe, while he also ventured into the US market after joining the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.
The 38-year-old reportedly had an option to purchase an “expansion franchise” included in his contract with the Galaxy, and is rumoured to be putting that into action as soon as his playing days are over.
MLS executive vice-president of communications Dan Courtemance revealed discussions have already begun but there is no clear indication as to whether it will definitely happen this summer.
“There have been preliminary discussions with his advisors.
“At some point in time he will exercise that option and we can go through the process of making sure it is the perfect fit for David and Major League Soccer, but we are not there yet.”
MLS currently has 19 teams, but plans are in place to add a 20th franchise in New York City, with Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour reportedly interested in becoming the likely buyer.
However, it is said that Beckham’s contract explicitly rules out the Big Apple as a location for any new franchise, with suggestions that he may look towards Miami as a potential home.
The former England international has always maintained his commitment to develop football in the US, and it appears his first mission after hanging up his boots will be to introduce a new team to the league.