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David Beckham’s Inter Miami ‘confident’ of stunning Lionel Messi transfer with Barcelona icon keen to end career in MLS

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INTER MIAMI are very confident about landing Lionel Messi.

SunSport understands David Beckham’s MLS team can seriously see him coming to south Florida in two years time after talks with the Barcelona superstar.

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Inter Miami are increasingly confident they will sign Lionel Messi[/caption]

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David Beckham has been plotting the signature of Lionel Messi[/caption]

Messi is set to sign a new 10-year multi-role deal at the Nou Camp and will stay in La Liga for two more seasons before moving Stateside.

With Miami an attractive proposition, the 33 year-old fancies seeing out his playing days in the United States before returning to Barcelona to take on an ambassadorial role.

The club were fined recently by furious MLS chiefs following a probe into the signing of Blaise Matuidi from Juventus last summer.

Miami were also docked transfer money for the next two seasons – but any potential move for Messi would lessen that blow and help coach Phil Neville try and help realise Becks’ dream of domination Stateside.

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Co-owner Jorge Mas, who was hit with a $250,000 (£177,000) fine for his part in the MLS investigation, told local media on Wednesday night that he and Beckham have been working on ways to sign Messi.

He told the Miami Herald: “David and I have been working really hard, we have aspirations of bringing the best players here and Leo Messi is a generational player, arguably the best player of all time.

“I am optimistic Messi will play in an Inter Miami shirt because I think it will complete the legacy of the greatest player in our generation and will meet with the ambitions of the owners of Inter Miami to build a world-class team.”

Messi has never hidden his desire to one day play in the USA.

Last year he told Argentine press: “I always said that I have the impression that I would like to enjoy the experience of living in the United States, of living in that league and that life.

“But if it happens or not I don’t know.”

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Rio Ferdinand rules out Cristiano Ronaldo Man Utd return but says Euros perfect chance for centre-back targets to shine

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RIO FERDINAND confidently predicted Cristiano Ronaldo will NOT return to Manchester United this summer.

But he believes the Euros provides the perfect chance to spot their new centre-back.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to return to Manchester United – but former team-mate Rio Ferdinand is unconvinced[/caption]

Ronaldo, 36, has been linked with a stunning comeback to Old Trafford amid unrest and financial chaos at Juventus.

The Portugal hero scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for United between 2003 and 2009, leaving for Real Madrid for a world-record £80million as the Ballon d’Or holder.

But his former team-mate under Sir Alex Ferguson insists that ship has already sailed.

Ferdinand, 42, told SunSport: “I don’t think Ronaldo will happen.

“That chapter has been written and it’s closed so I don’t think there’s any chance of that happening.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to bring in another defender during the off-season as a long-term partner to Harry Maguire.

Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly endured their struggles last term.

But Ferdinand, not drawn on a specific target, reckons an impressive international tournament could prove crucial – just as it did for him.

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He completed his record-breaking transfer to United in 2002 after rounding off an impressive season with Leeds United by starring for England at the World Cup.

Ferdinand, manager of BT’s Hope United tackling online hate, added: “What’s good about the Euros is there will be a good few centre-backs on show there.

“It’s also about who is available.

“I went to the World Cup and got bought off the back of a good season but also playing at a major tournament.

“This is a great opportunity for someone else to put themselves in the shop window and be purchased by a big club.

Manchester United are in the market for a centre-back so what an opportunity for someone.”

Solskjaer will no doubt be keeping a close eye on French pair Raphael Varane and Jules Kounde as well as late England call-up Ben White who have all been linked with summer transfers to United.

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Ben White could give his market value a major boost with strong performances for England this summer[/caption]

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Ferdinand was at United throughout Ronaldo’s six years at Old Trafford[/caption]

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The former England defender earned a record transfer after the 2002 World Cup[/caption]

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Car gifted to Manchester City kit man by Sergio Aguero on sale for £23,000 on eBay just days later

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A CAR gifted to a Manchester City kit man by Sergio Aguero is on sale for £23,000 on eBay just days later.

The 2016 Range Rover Evoque was won by Ally Marland in a raffle organised by the departing striker to thank staff.

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A car gifted to a Manchester City kit man by Sergio Aguero is on sale for £23,000 on eBay just days later[/caption]

But Ally, who has been at the club since 2012, and his wife Nicky already have cars.

So Nicky has put the motor, with just 10,500 miles on the clock, up for sale with five per cent going to Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, Lancs.

Ally Marland won the motor in a raffle organised by striker Aguero
The departing striker organised the raffle to thank staff – pictured giving Ally the car keys
The two share a hug before the player leaves Man City
Ally and his wife Nicky have listed the motor on eBay and are donating five per cent to Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, Lancs
Nicky said: ‘We are aware of the work they do and how they rely on donations to operate’

She said: “We are aware of the work they do and how they rely on donations to operate.”

Aguero, who is leaving for Barcelona, spent £60,000 on watches for all the City staff.

He also put them into the car raffle and the star, 32, hugged Ally as he handed him the keys.

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Rio Ferdinand urges England boss Southgate to play 3-4-3 vs Croatia with Kane, Grealish and Sterling up front together

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RIO FERDINAND believes Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling should partner Harry Kane in attack against Croatia.

England begin their Euro 2020 campaign on Sunday against the team that knocked them out of the World Cup three years ago.

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Rio Ferdinand reckons Jack Grealish should be in England’s starting XI against Croatia on Sunday[/caption]

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Harry Kane will lead the line as captain with Raheem Sterling in contention on the wing[/caption]

But the former Three Lions defender knows how he would set up the side if he was in Gareth Southgate’s boots.

Ferdinand, 42, told SunSport: “I’d go three at the back, four across the middle and three up front.

“Kane through the middle, Grealish and Sterling for this game.

“I’m excited to see how Gareth sets them up: do we play on the front foot, control the game?

“Last time Croatia controlled it with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic in midfield. Are we going to allow that again?

“If we go out there and play to our attacking potential, we have the players to hurt most teams.

“I’m quietly confident. I’m excited to see our attackers perform.”

Ferdinand was wary not to set specific predictions regarding how deep England will go in the tournament.

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He said: “I’m more interested in getting out of the group than saying how far we’ll get because we could potentially play a team from the Group of Death – France, Germany or Portugal – next.

“I wouldn’t like to hedge my bets until I’ve seen where we are at once we get out of the group.”

But the 81-cap centre-back, manager of BT’s Hope United tackling online hate, is excited by the young, talented squad at Southgate’s disposal.

Southgate has plenty of options to support captain Kane as his central striker with Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Mason Mount all pushing for a starting spot.

He added: “I want to see a young player come out of nowhere like Michael Owen did in 1998.

“The likes of Grealish, Foden, Mount, Bukayo Saka, Jude Bellingham – I can’t wait to see them put on the England shirt in a tournament.

“Phil has bleached his hair like Gazza, he’s ready, he’s fresh – I’m looking forward to it. They are a good bunch of guys. I’m excited!”

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Ferdinand is excited by the young talent in the Three Lions’ squad[/caption]

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