Thursday, April 26, 2018

PSG rekindle interest in Beckham; Balotelli has not signed at Salford

French Ligue 1 moneybags Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly rekindled their interest in LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, Sky Sports understands.

Beckham, 37, revealed that he will leave the LA Galaxy following the MLS Cup final in December, with a bevy of clubs in the A-League, including Melbourne Heart, Perth Glory and Central Coast Mariners, showing interest in the former Manchester United star.

With regards to Melbourne Heart’s interest in Beckham, the club’s CEO Scott Munn said: “What I can say is that it’s certainly real, we’re putting forward an offer, it’s compelling and the opportunity is here for him to come here. That is absolutely legitimate.

“Let’s let David play the final of the MLS and hopefully he’ll have a win. Then I’m sure he’ll assess every offer.”

Despite the concrete interest from ‘down under’, PSG — who made an official bid for Beckham last year — have emerged as the favourites to ink the Englishman’s signature.

A move to Paris would reunite Beckham with former AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti and sporting director Leonardo, surely giving PSG the upper-hand, with Beckham expected to make a decision in mid-December.

The former AC Milan, Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder tallied seven goals and five assists in 30 league appearances for the LA Galaxy this season.

Balotelli has not signed at Salford

Contrary to previous reports, Enoch Balotelli — Mario Balotelli’s younger brother — has not agreed a deal with Northern Premier League First Division North club Salford City, as per the player’s agent Giorgio Timpani.

According to Timpani, Balotelli is just training with the club in order to prepare for trials at clubs in League One and League Two, despite the 20-year-old Italian having failed to impress while on trial at Stoke City, Sunderland and Watford last term.

“It is not correct that he has signed for Salford. He is simply training with them to keep fit,” Timpani told Sky Sports.

“It’s something that Mario arranged for him in preparation for forthcoming trials that our English partner Dan Fletcher is in the process of organising for him.”

This news comes as a bit of a shock, especially when considering that Enoch and the club, Salford City, revealed that the deal was complete.

“I am more than happy to join Salford,” said Balotelli earlier this week. “I just want to play football. I trained with them last night, I enjoyed it, so I signed.”

Nonetheless, one thing is certain, Enoch will not be playing his home matches in front of 1,400 supporters at Moor Lane any time in the near future.


Shawn Etemadi



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