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AP source: Beckham will join French club PSG
LONDON (AP) - After Madrid, Milan and Hollywood, David Beckham is heading to the most fashionable destination of all.
The 37-year-old former England captain has reached a deal with Paris Saint-Germain and will be officially presented at the French club later Thursday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the signing hadn’t been officially announced yet, with Beckham undergoing a medical examination in Paris.
PSG would only confirm that a new a player would be attending a news conference on Thursday.
Beckham ended his six-year stint in the U.S. last month after winning two MLS Cups, moving back to London with his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, and their four children.
Now Beckham’s family will be just a short flight or train ride away from the Champs-Elysees.
Beckham is looking for one more opportunity to close out his glittering career. Paris seems a perfect fit for a player who has become a global fashion and style icon, known as much for his looks and endorsements as his curling free kicks.
Whether an aging Beckham can still be a force in European soccer remains an open question.
“I still feel like I have something left in me as a player,” he said recently. “I still feel like I have one more challenge left in me as a player, even at 37 years old. I still feel like I can play at a high level.”
Beckham, who was available on a free transfer, had been mulling over around a dozen offers over the last month from clubs around the world, including Qatar and China.
He opted to join one of the highest-profile teams in world soccer. Over the past 18 months, PSG’s Qatari owners have spent about $350 million on transfers.
But the unrestricted spending power of Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, who first invested in PSG in 2011, has yet to pay off in trophies.
With a star-studded squad including striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, defender Thiago Silva and playmaker Javier Pastore, the team is currently ahead of Lyon at the top of the French standings on goal difference.
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