DAVID BECKHAM has received a big boost in terms of transfers from Inter Miami after finally bringing in high-earning French World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi on a free transfer.
Sporting director Chris Henderson declined to say much on Monday about the 34-year-old’s future and only said that negotiations with his agent were still ongoing.
But SunSport understands that former Juventus midfielder Matuidi will be leaving the MLS club shortly and opening a key window of opportunity for another famous player to south Florida.
While sources in Miami deny Luis Suarez could arrive this summer after his contract with Atletico Madrid expires at the end of the season, with Matuidi leaving at least Becks has space in the team to more business.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi remain targets even if the former England captain will have to wait his turn.
Clubs here can only have the top three earners – Designated Players (DP’s) – and although Mexico international Rodlofo Pizarro was sent back to Monterrey recently, because of loan fees and His salary was not fully settled, Neville was unable to replace him with a new superstar.
However, with Matuidi severing good ties with Miami, Nev and Becks can now start working and bring in a big name to try and improve on last season’s disappointing campaign.
The former Juventus player has been a disaster in the MLS – his move in the summer of 2020 went against the Federation’s strict financial guidelines that have subject the club to transfer sanctions debilitating over the next two years.
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A disastrous deal hatched under the watch of former sporting director Paul McDonough as Miami paid Matuidi very well relative to the odds for a non-DP player.
That led to a lengthy investigation by angry MLS bosses, who not only banned McDonough but also fined the club a whopping $2 million. [£1.47m].
Co-owner Jorge Mas was also paid $250,000 [£183k] penalty.
Transfer director Henderson, however, has worked wonders by making significant squad cuts in recent weeks as Scottish winger Lewis Morgan, Argentina defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez and Pizarro all departed. .
Former Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross also did not appear after being told he was not part of Neville’s plans.
But Nev, who brought in a host of hungry, young players including son Harvey and Brazilian player Jean Mota, was desperate to get rid of Matuidi.
Matuidi has failed to replicate the form that saw him start the World Cup final against Croatia in 2018 and will now work to bolster a fresh squad ahead of the season opener. in the next month.
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8222557/inter-miami-release-blaise-matuidi-beckham/ Blaise Matuidi leaves Inter Miami on a FREE transfer to pave the way for David Beckham to sign new star amid Luis Suarez links