Blaise Matuidi’s move to Inter Miami is being probed by Major League Soccer (MLS) to determine if salary rules were broken with the signing of the midfielder in 2020.
MLS are looking to find if David Beckham’s club paid the 33-year-old through the incorrect means.
Matuidi was not announced as a designated player, as the club said it instead used targeted allocation money.
Each team could use 2.8 million dollars in targeted allocation money for high-cost players without exceeding the salary limits, which was 4.8m dollars in 2020 for the first 20 players in the squad.
MLS, therefore, are investigating whether this was the case.
“Major League Soccer has begun a formal review of Inter Miami’s signing of midfielder Blaise Matuidi, specifically investigating whether the signing of the player complied with Major League Soccer’s salary budget and roster guidelines,” a statement read.
Inter Miami released a statement of their own in response to the news of the investigation.
“Inter Miami acknowledges the statement made by Major League Soccer today, and we look forward to fully engaging with the league’s review process,” it said.
— Blaise Matuidi (@MATUIDIBlaise) March 2, 2021
After winning the World Cup with France in 2018, Matuidi spent another two years at Juventus before putting pen to paper on a deal with Inter Miami on August 13.
The Frenchman didn’t have a great start to life at the club, scoring just one goal in 15 MLS appearances in 2020.