Milan Wanting To Keep Beckham

Milan Wanting To Keep Beckham

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 27, 2009
  • 12 Comments
  • AC Milan, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Player Loan
If your MLS and LA, what do you do when Beckham wants to go? (Getty Images)

If your MLS and LA, what do you do when Beckham wants to go? (Getty Images)

Something most of us kind of figured would happen with David Beckham and his loan deal with AC Milan. The Italian powerhouse is moving toward making an offer to MLS to keep the English star.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be.

Milan is set to meet with Beckham’s people about buying his rights from MLS and reports suggest a £4.5 million transfer offer is already being floated around as an offer.

The biggest question is would the league, who desperately wanted Beckham to come here allow him to go that easily? With the current economic state I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go that easily if Milan can pony up enough dough to make the league think long and hard about it.

Apparently in Beckham’s contract he has an escape clause that would let him leave after the 2009 season.

Does MLS hold on to Beckham (even though he and his family probably want to leave LA for Italy…who could blame them too), or does it consider the more than $11 million in transfer fee and salary ($5 million) the club would add to its bottom line?

Its a lot to take in. If he clearly wants to stay in Milan I say let him go. Sure he has raised the profile of the league some here but I would argue he hasn’t done enough to draw in the average sports fan on a regular basis. It may be time to cut some losses (or just gain plenty back in transfer fees) and move forward. Its not like LA is going to win a MLS title here anytime soon with him anyways.

What do you all make of this current situation? I’m sure losing both Beckham and Landon Donovan will hur the Galaxy but it will also free up a big chunk of space that I know Bruce Arena could fill with quality players.

  • Jason D

    I say let him go. I do differ with you a bit though, Drew, in that I think he served his purpose here. He was never going to make MLS a big time league by himself, but he did get plenty of casual fans in the door. <br />
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    Posted my opinion at <a href="http://matchfitusa.blogspot.com&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://matchfitusa.blogspot.com</a>&quot; target="_blank">http://matchfitusa.blogspot.com</a></a&gt; <br />
    Hope you don't mind me linking in comments.

  • joel

    If I were DB, I would stay in Milan and play at a super club as long as he can. Before he retires, he can come back to MLS which will more than likely have more talented teams which will be to DB's likings. It will be a finacial setback for LA Galaxy and MLS, but DB has helped the MLS financially and gained some exposure.

  • Joseph D'Hippol

    Why would Beckham want to come back to a Galaxy team that's definitely in transition, that doesn't have the quality of players he's used to, that doesn't value him (Arena said toward the end of last year that the club had no leadership, an indictment of Beckham, Donovan and Klein) — and, most importantly, that he has lost respect for. Do you really think that if Beckham had any respect for the Galaxy or MLS that he (through his representatives) would negotiate *directly* w/Milan for his loan — and for his possible outright transfer?<br />
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    This falls right at the feet of Leiweke and Anschutz. Leiweke is the kind of man who will intimidate, throw people under the bus and apply unreasonable pressure to get what he wants, and Anschutz lets him get away with it. Morale is abyssmal at the Galaxy; that a big reason why Beckham and Donovan want out.<br />
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    If Beckham and Donovan leave, Leiweke should be fired. Getting Beckham was his idea and, outside of jersey sales, he blew it big time.

  • I say let him go. I do differ with you a bit though, Drew, in that I think he served his purpose here. He was never going to make MLS a big time league by himself, but he did get plenty of casual fans in the door.

    Posted my opinion at http://matchfitusa.blogspot.com

    Hope you don’t mind me linking in comments.

  • If I were DB, I would stay in Milan and play at a super club as long as he can. Before he retires, he can come back to MLS which will more than likely have more talented teams which will be to DB’s likings. It will be a finacial setback for LA Galaxy and MLS, but DB has helped the MLS financially and gained some exposure.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Why would Beckham want to come back to a Galaxy team that’s definitely in transition, that doesn’t have the quality of players he’s used to, that doesn’t value him (Arena said toward the end of last year that the club had no leadership, an indictment of Beckham, Donovan and Klein) — and, most importantly, that he has lost respect for. Do you really think that if Beckham had any respect for the Galaxy or MLS that he (through his representatives) would negotiate *directly* w/Milan for his loan — and for his possible outright transfer?

    This falls right at the feet of Leiweke and Anschutz. Leiweke is the kind of man who will intimidate, throw people under the bus and apply unreasonable pressure to get what he wants, and Anschutz lets him get away with it. Morale is abyssmal at the Galaxy; that a big reason why Beckham and Donovan want out.

    If Beckham and Donovan leave, Leiweke should be fired. Getting Beckham was his idea and, outside of jersey sales, he blew it big time.

  • Diane

    I like both the column and comments. There's a nice lack of some of the fury that is swarming around a situation that should just be settled in a way that could profit both parties. (Joe, I remember enjoying your comments on sideline views as well).

  • Diane

    I like both the column and comments. There’s a nice lack of some of the fury that is swarming around a situation that should just be settled in a way that could profit both parties. (Joe, I remember enjoying your comments on sideline views as well).

  • Cannon Girl

    I have to admit it—I'd hate to see Becks go as I really respect the man. I'm thankful for what he's brought to the league, but wouldn't blame him for leaving after the disrespect he's been shown buy some due to their jealousy and bad manners. MLS players who've been nasty to him should have kept their big mouths shut and tried to learn from him. David's remained a gentleman throughout all of this and deserves better. Whatever he decides, I wish him well and look forward to the day he owns his own club here. No Skippy, you're not dreaming. <br />
    😉

  • Cannon Girl

    I have to admit it—I’d hate to see Becks go as I really respect the man. I’m thankful for what he’s brought to the league, but wouldn’t blame him for leaving after the disrespect he’s been shown buy some due to their jealousy and bad manners. MLS players who’ve been nasty to him should have kept their big mouths shut and tried to learn from him. David’s remained a gentleman throughout all of this and deserves better. Whatever he decides, I wish him well and look forward to the day he owns his own club here. No Skippy, you’re not dreaming.
    😉

  • Scot Whitham

    Would the Galaxy realize that much return. Wouldn't the league hold a greater share of the transfer fee since the league holds all the contracts.

  • Scot Whitham

    Would the Galaxy realize that much return. Wouldn’t the league hold a greater share of the transfer fee since the league holds all the contracts.