Beckham deal could delay Milan departure until July
English midfielder David Beckham would complete the Italian season with AC Milan and return to the Los Angeles Galaxy in mid-July under a deal in the works, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.Updated: Mar 03, 2009 10:01 IST
English midfielder David Beckham would complete the Italian season with AC Milan and return to the Los Angeles Galaxy in mid-July under a deal in the works, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.
Terms of the loan extension were not reported, but the deal was said to be worth millions of dollars to Major League Soccer and the Galaxy, which would lose star ticket seller Beckham for 17 of 30 regular-season games this year.
Beckham has reportedly agreed to the deal, which would allow him to stay with AC Milan until the end of the Serie A campaign, and the plan was expected to be finalized by the end of the week.
Beckham, 33, has been so successful while on loan to AC Milan - scoring two goals - that the club wants him to stay at the San Siro through the end of the season. His loan is set to expire in one week.
Instead, the proposed agreement would have Beckham stay through the May 31 Italian season finale, then wait until the MLS international transfer window opens July 15 to rejoin the Galaxy.
Beckham's first possible game for the Galaxy would be July 18 at New York.
Under terms of Beckham's five-year contract, the England captain could opt out after the end of the year, but Beckham would be free once the MLS season ends in November, earlier if the Galaxy fail to make the playoffs.
The Times reported Beckham would likely have to wait until the next international transfer window in January to join AC Milan rather than leap back once the MLS campaign ends.