David Beckham will play his final match for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Dec. 1 when the defending champions take on the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup. But the focus has already shifted to where the superstar is going to play next.
UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 1:35 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels
Rob Burnett and Ben Bloom of the Daily Mirror report Beckham is garnering interest from Monaco. The club is in France's Ligue 2, but has the funds to make a competitive offer for the midfielder. Sources say PSG is still Beckham's top choice, however.
The England star is generating interest from teams around the globe. That said, it doesn't sound like any deal is imminent as Beckham's Galaxy get prepared to play in the MLS Cup over the weekend.
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Since Beckham announced his decision on Monday to leave Major League Soccer after six seasons stateside, there have been no shortage of possibilities bantered about. Even at 37, the playmaking midfielder should have several options.
As with so many high-profile transfer targets, the rumors have begun with Paris Saint-Germain. The big-spending French side has no problem throwing its weight around on the transfer market, and Sky Sports reports PSG head a group of interested clubs.
Sky Sources: Paris StGermain are one of several clubs interested in signing David Beckham – more on #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 20, 2012
PSG were active over the summer, bringing in the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Rising star Lucas Moura will join the club in January. So it's clear they aren't going to spare any expense to add star power.
It's unclear what type of demands Beckham is going to make as he approaches the end of his storied career, but Paris Saint-Germain certainly isn't going to get scared away by his asking price, if the club is truly interested in him.
Another potential destination is Australia. Matt Windley of the Herald Sun in Melbourne reports the Melbourne Heart have already placed a bid for Beckham. The club is hoping for a 10-match stint from the England star.
The Heart are just one of several A-League teams hoping to land Beckham. A Daily Telegraph report states there are at least four teams from the land down under pursuing him, with hopes he can help that country's league like he did the MLS.
Heading to Australia would allow Beckham to further his personal brand yet again. It's one thing he did well during his time in the United States, playing the role of celebrity almost as much as soccer player. Australia is another major market available to him if he wants to go that route.
Finally, Ben Smith of the BBC states there are also teams in Russia, China and Brazil showing interest in the Galaxy star. So it's clear Beckham still has a wide-ranging reach despite being on the back end of his terrific career.
The process is likely going to take some time while Beckham weighs all his options. Keep checking back for the latest updates on his status.
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