Wednesday, 22 October 2008

[Mercato] Milan close to Beckham deal

AC Milan vice-President Adriano Galliani has confirmed the club hope to sign David Beckham on a short-term loan.

David BeckhamBeckham is trying to find himself a club in Europe to train with while the US Major League Soccer (MLS) season takes a break to maintain his fitness for international duty with England.

A number of clubs have been linked with the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star, but Milan are leading the race for Beckham's signature.

"Beckham wants to train and play with Milan," Galliani said. "We want him. He will arrive in January and we will sign him for the rest of the season.

"It's not just a shop window deal, it's a great deal. He will be avaliable for Carlo Ancelotti for Serie A and the UEFA Cup.

"Football today is not just about tactics and technical abilities. It's about full stadiums and sponsors. No-one can beat the 65,000 fans we had on Sunday.

"The stadiums will only fill up with superstars like Beckham who has asked Milan for hospitality, not another club. With him, Kaka and Ronaldinho, it would be a dream team."

Milan are expected to officially confirm the loan move on Friday but coach Carlo Ancelotti has already made it clear he would welcome Beckham's arrival.

"For me it will be a pleasure, Beckham is a serious athlete, a great professional," Ancelotti told the club's official website. "If he is available for four months with us, we will be very happy."

The 33-year-old is still under contract with LA Galaxy, who's current season comes to an end this weekend, but the Rossoneri are prepared to sign him at least until the new MLS season begins in April 2009.

Beckham would be eligible to play for Milan both domestically in Serie A, which would resume after the winter break on January 11, and in the UEFA Cup.

Source: Sky Sports

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