Qatar-owned football club eyes David Beckham

PSG said to be wooing ex-England captain as Galaxy contract end looms
Former England captain David Beckham
By Claire Ferris-Lay
Tue 08 Nov 2011 11:17 AM

Qatari-owned
football club Paris St Germain is said to be trying to woo David Beckham to
join the club after his contract at Los Angeles Galaxy expires, it has been
reported.

The
former England Captain’s contact is due to in the next few weeks and the Ligue
1 leaders are already said to be on the charm offensive, website lequipe.fr
reported on Tuesday.  

“David
Beckham goes beyond the sport. He is an ambassador, he is a brand, he is an
example to others,” Nasser al-Khelaifi, president of Paris St Germain, said.

“But he
is also still a very good football player whose age is not a problem,” he
added.

The
former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Milan midfielder has said he is yet to
decide on his future but he hopes to represent Great Britain at the London 2012
Olympic Games.

Qatar
Investment Authority has ploughed millions of euros into the Parisian football
team since acquiring a 70 percent stake in the club in May for a reported
$42.7m-$57m.

The
sovereign wealth fund, which owns a string of trophy assets including the
Luxury department store Harrods, purchased the stake from the US private equity
firm Colony Capital, which had bought the club in 2006 in a bid to challenge
for Europe’s Champions League, only to end up staving off relegation two
seasons in a row.

The
Paris football club has spent more than $116.2m on players, including Uruguay
captain Diego Lugano and French internationals Kevin Gameiro and Jeremy Menez,
since the acquisition.

The
football club broke the French transfer record with the €42m purchase of
Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore from Palermo.

The Gulf
state, holder of the world’s third-largest natural-gas reserves, also has
football interests in other European countries. The Paris St Germain deal
followed the purchase of Spanish team Malaga last year, and a €30m-a-year
shirt sponsorship agreement with European champion Barcelona.

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