The Spaniard agreed a one-year extension to his contract at the Etihad over the summer, but has announced that this will be his last season with the club.
Beckham is part-owner of the new Major League Soccer franchise who will compete in their inaugural season next year, and the 33-year-old is keen to become their first major signing according to the Independent (opens in new tab).
The former Manchester United (opens in new tab) and Real Madrid (opens in new tab) winger was eager to bring in a big Spanish-speaking name to pique the interest of southern Florida’s significant Hispanic community.
Silva will bring vast experience with him to the USA, having won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups with Manchester City (opens in new tab) as well as two European Championships and a World Cup with Spain.
As the MLS campaign begins in March, Silva will miss the opening three months of the season.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.
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