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    Rumor: Beckham to Milan??!?

    Beckham To Milan In January
    David Beckham will join Milan in January to train with them and the Rossoneri are going to try and make the move permanent after missing out on him two years ago.

    The England international was a target for Milan, but the club let him slip through their fingers.

    Sources close to the player have told World Soccer Daily that Becks will now team up with the Rossoneri in January to keep his fitness up while he prepares for the new season in April 2009.

    The winger trained with Premier League side Arsenal in January and he will now do the same with Milan in the new year.

    Milan chief Adriano Galliani admits that his club could have signed him and he will try again when Beckham arrives at Milanello this season.

    "If Beckham had stayed to play in Europe then we would have signed him. He would have been ours after his experience with Real Madrid, but it didn't happen," said Galliani.

    Speculation is rife that Milan will make sure the Englishman is signed up quickly, and reports around the penisula suggest a multi-million pound bid as the Italian club tries to creat an international dream team by adding Beckham after the capture of Ronaldinho.

    Milan don't really have a natural right-winger in their team and Beckham will represent the perfect signing to continue building a squad full of superstars.

    The lure of first team top-European football will appeal to 'Golden Balls' and he would relish the chance of trying his game in Serie A after his experiences in Spain for Real Madrid and the USA for Los Angeles Galaxy.

    Personally, I think this is BS, especially since he signed such a high-profile, long term contract with the Galaxy.

    If it was true, I don't know that I would want him on Milan. They made a huge mistake signing Ronaldo last year, and the jury is still out on Ronaldhino. The core of the midfield, Pirlo and Gattuso, is getting old very quickly, and the last thing that would help is another ancient superstar.

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    Lots of ifs, and questions.

    Could he be an effective role player for Milan?

    I have no idea what conditions are in the contract with Galaxy/Becks. Does most of his money come from marketing rights/endorsements? Does he have an opt out clause? How expensive would the compensation from Milan have to be? What's the financial state of Galaxy, and would it be in their interest to let him go or not(short and long term)?

    Is he tired of MLS already? The point has been made before of the challenges he's facing playing here. Anything from bad officiating to the fatigue of long range travel in the US might be factors in him wanting to leave.

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    He wants to be in Europe just for the national team.

    I think a loan to the Prem would make sense for all sides.

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    Interesting read. I wouldnt be surprised to see Becks head back to Europe.I think he has something left to still be able to play on a top club. Even though he only played 10 minutes in England's last qualifier, he came out on fire. Almost scored one and assisted on 1 and pretty much put the ball wherever he wanted.

    Albeit, against an already beaten team. He still played very well in the short period of time he was out there. As a support player Beckham can still be an asset.

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    In other Milan news, I read today that Maldini has officially said this is his last year...at 40 years old.

    They should create a special Golden Ball for his whole career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaoulDuke View Post
    In other Milan news, I read today that Maldini has officially said this is his last year...at 40 years old.

    They should create a special Golden Ball for his whole career.
    Maldini is a god.

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    Looks like this is a lot closer to reality.



    Beckham close to joining AC Milan



    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...=si_topstories

    MILAN, Italy (AP) -- AC Milan is close to signing David Beckham in a loan deal that would allow the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder and former England captain to play in Italy for a few months starting in January.

    "We're discussing it with his agent,'' Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said Wednesday on the club's Web site.

    With the Major League Soccer season in the United States nearly over, Beckham is eager to join another club in Europe so he can remain in shape and keep his place on England's team for World Cup qualifying. England coach Fabio Capello has said he will not pick players who are not active.

    "We'll sign him for a few months and then he'll go back. Beckham has chosen Milan,'' Galliani said at Malpensa airport before flying to a UEFA Cup match. "Our team is very competitive and will remain as is, but Beckham is something different and intriguing.''

    Beckham's spokesman, Simon Oliveira of 19 Management in Los Angeles, acknowledged talks are taking place for a short-term loan but "nothing is confirmed at present.''

    "David's intention is to maintain his fitness and keep himself eligible for England's selection,'' he said. "He very much remains a Galaxy player and he would be in Los Angeles for the start of the 2009 MLS season.''

    While many Italian clubs are struggling with attendance, Galliani noted that 65,000 fans showed for Milan's home game Sunday with Sampdoria.

    "Beckham will bring more fans,'' Galliani said.

    Beckham would join a squad at Milan that features Brazil standouts Ronaldinho, Kaka and Alexandre Pato, plus Italy's Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso.

    "For me it will be a pleasure,'' Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "Beckham is a serious athlete, a great professional. If he'll be available for four months with us, we'll be very happy.''

    Ancelotti also indicated Beckham could play for Milan in the UEFA Cup.

    "If he becomes available for Milan, evidently it will be for both in Italy and in Europe,'' the coach added.

    During the MLS offseason last year, Beckham trained with English Premier League side Arsenal to keep fit but did not play for the club.

    Beckham starred for Manchester United and Real Madrid before joining the Galaxy in January 2007 in a multimillion-dollar five-year deal.

    He quit as England captain after the 2006 World Cup and was dropped from the team by Steve McLaren. He was reinstated to the national team and has been used sparingly by England coach Fabio Capello. He appeared as a late substitute in all four World Cup qualifying victories against Andorra, Croatia, Kazakhstan and Belarus.

    Beckham now has 107 England appearances, one short of the record 108 for a nongaolkeeper by 1966 World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore. Goalkeeper Peter Shilton holds the England record of 125.

    England probably has an exhibition game lined up against Spain up for February, plus another at home against Slovakia in March, followed by World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine in April, and Kazakhstan and Andorra in June.

    This is certainly going to bring a different look to Milan for a few months. I'm actually looking forward to it. What the hell, why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pauliec View Post
    Looks like this is a lot closer to reality.






    This is certainly going to bring a different look to Milan for a few months. I'm actually looking forward to it. What the hell, why not?
    I havent checked the soccer forums in a bit, so i missed this.

    Anyway, Beckham takes a lot of crap being on the galaxy and gets blamed for their failures. But he has been playing very well for England. Even though he isnt in the starting 11, when he comes on he has made his presence felt.

    I think with the challenge of proving hes not just another washed up MLS'er hes going to show he can still play at a Serie A level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DE94Abraham View Post
    I havent checked the soccer forums in a bit, so i missed this.

    Anyway, Beckham takes a lot of crap being on the galaxy and gets blamed for their failures. But he has been playing very well for England. Even though he isnt in the starting 11, when he comes on he has made his presence felt.

    I think with the challenge of proving hes not just another washed up MLS'er hes going to show he can still play at a Serie A level.
    I agree, he could be a good fit for Milan too because they certainly won't need to rely on him to win games. The presence of Ronaldhino, Kaka, Pato, etc will take the pressure off of Beckham and maybe he'll just go out and have fun.

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