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Beckham Offer Rejected

According to the Los Angeles Times, AC Milan will need to dig deeper into their pockets to retain David Beckham.

"We need to end the distractions, the circus and the zoo,'' AEG/Galaxy executive Tim Leiweke said. "We just received an offer. It was rejected.''

How much should Milan spend on a Beckham transfer?

By Steve Goff  |  February 7, 2009; 2:58 PM ET
Categories:  Italy , MLS  
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HA! HA! Ha!

Posted by: DadRyan | February 7, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

What will Goldenballs do now? Pout?

Sounds like the Galaxy GM is trying to draw out the drama so as to retain Beckham's publicity blitz on the team and the league for just a little longer.

I even heard about the Beckham thing on NPR . . and aside from Frank DeDooofusFord bad mouthing soccer, they hardly ever talk about the league, etc.

Posted by: delantero | February 7, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

15 million Euros, or 10 million Euros + Shevchenko.

Posted by: B_A_ | February 7, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I think they should ask for a TON of money, and if Milan doesn't pay up, so be it. Screw David Beckham.

Posted by: Hoost | February 7, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

One billion dollars

Posted by: lord_dorpaldonger | February 7, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

15 million euros at least. It's not just his playing ability, it's his power to sell shirts and bring fans that makes him worth more.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | February 7, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much money Beckham (jerseys specifically) has already brought into Milan.

Posted by: AdamSpangler | February 7, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Who's going to have the last laugh if Becks is unhappy staying in LA?
DC UNITED!!!!!!!

Posted by: dsheon | February 7, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I hate the Galixy but I say make AC Milan pay through their teeth. There's no reason why LA (MLS)shouldn't make a huge profit. If AC wants him the price is $20 million US and not a penny less.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | February 7, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I think a player swap would be the best thing. I can think a few aging veterans on that Milan squad that could use a nice trip to LA

Posted by: pino149 | February 7, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

So is it true or not that Beckham has a buy-out clause for the end of the year? If I'm Milan, I take the cheaper of the two options. Either buy him out right from the Galaxy now, or give him a "bonus" in November to the tune of however much Beck's buy-out would cost.

In all seriousness, why would Milan pay over $5 mil for a player they can have for free in eight months time?

Posted by: Josh8 | February 7, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

fire kasper and soehn

Posted by: bestmick1 | February 7, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Nice move by LAG. If Milan want Beckham so bad, then call them out. That's how we do it States side - a high noon call-out, in the middle of town with tumbleweeds and everything. None of that talking through the media, or side of your mouth nonsense. You want him? You can have him - but for nothing less than the right price. What's your care, you are AC Milan, the greatest club on Earth, and this is just a small club in a second rate league. Show MLS the money!

I don't think the Gals should force him to stay here if he doesn't want to be here, that only makes for a nightmare. Funny how a guy who, when he left the powerhouse Real Madrid two years ago, was being called washed up and a "has-been" is now identified secret elixir that is a must for Milan's season's success. Funny indeed.

Posted by: Kosh2 | February 7, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

In all honesty, the Galaxy need Beckham if for no other reason than to remain relevant somehow.

Landon is likely gone.

Chivas USA never sell out the HDC. Only LAG ever comes close to filling the seats. Even a whiny, b!thcy Beckhams is a bigger draw than the all Snowmish County fullback that just got SuperDrafted in the 4th round.

Money! Money! Money! TV exposure. Press. Shirts. Bums in seats. Beckham brings all of these. He is the only remotely close thing to a superstar or cash cow (debatable) in MLS. Milan should pay accordingly.

MLS could care less if Beckham is happy. I could care less. After his cynical treatment of MLS and its fans, he cannot expect kid glove treatment.

I am all for charging $20m, with a $1m bonus to Gattuso for cracking Becksys fibula in training.

I truly hope Beckham gets sold, immediately injured, and never touches England's cap record.

I despise 'true professional' - his newfound work rate at Milan is proof positive that he could not have given a rats butt while toiling here in MLS. He treated LAG like an STD. He treated us like marks. I am all for making him miserable.

Posted by: ErickSp8 | February 7, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"fire kasper and soehn"

Posted by: bestmick1 | February 7, 2009 6:20 PM

I was actually talking to my brother about how terrible they have been in the recruiting aspect. I am going to make a list of last preseason recruits.

-Gallardo (As D.P.)--1.5 Million: Gone
-Carvallo (As a quality back-up goalkeeper)--$60K?: Gone
-Martinez and Peralta (Central devenders of international experience and quality.)--$100K, Each? : Both Gone
-Wells (Supposed emerge as a star goalkeeper- for former 2005 (?) defensive MVP, Bobby Boswell) - $75K: Probably Gone
-Niell (Provide "depth" off the bench and compete for starting role. --By the way, in my opinion, Franco Niell was the biggest disappointment. What a waste of resources...) - $120K: Gone

That's SIX, count em', 6 (six) players on the team for one year or less.


Posted by: redskinsux | February 7, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

LAG / MLS must force Milan to pay a premium for him. Whether that is some combination of money, a player, jersey %, or friendlies, they have to figure out, but it must be at a premium. If they just roll over and give Beckham up on the cheap, MLS will look like a joke league. I just hope the Leiweke and the AEG managment team know what they are doing (which isn't a certainty). They took the risk signing him, they should reap the reward.

Posted by: VTUnited | February 7, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Ronaldinho for Beckham, straight up.

Posted by: churtmah | February 7, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

$20 million


$15 million and Ronaldinho on loan until December. That' gives the Gals a star for a year and will give Ronaldinho time to prove himself in a high profile league should he want to go for the 2010 World Cup.

Posted by: teo_68 | February 7, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Off topic. I wonder how ousting Grant and bringing in Scolari looks now.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 7, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I even heard about the Beckham thing on NPR . . and aside from Frank DeDooofusFord bad mouthing soccer, they hardly ever talk about the league, etc.

Posted by: delantero | February 7, 2009 3:36 PM

Easy, delantero, easy. Frankie is a card carrying left-winger. Be nice to a brother.

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 7, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"We need to end the distractions, the circus and the zoo,''

What did they expect when they signed him? That will only happen if they sell him.

Posted by: paj18 | February 7, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

20million pounds and sheva. Pay me my money!

Posted by: Dipssince78 | February 7, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Isn't a big reason why he has lifted his game in Italy the fact he is surrounded by great players? Other than his freekicks has Beckham ever been the type of player to take over a game? I don't think so. He's more of a complementary player. And when you have all of those amazing players to compliment it makes Beckham and the rest of them look good. Who has he got to play with in LA? When LD wasn't out on national team duty or for another reason he was pretty much all Beckham had to work with. He can't carry a team all by himself. So of course he is going to look better, have more fun, and play better for a team that surrounds him with quality players.

Posted by: fedssocr | February 7, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

wonder how ousting Grant and bringing in Scolari looks now.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 7, 2009 8:04 PM

Grant actually had enough imagination to change his strategy in a game instead of making desperate subs.

Unless they somehow win the Champions League, he'll be out of Chelsea in the summer.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | February 8, 2009 1:35 AM | Report abuse

as much as i dislike the galaxy and mls' almost criminal willingness to bend over backwards to make their flagship LA team succeed, mls has to keep beckham or make ac milan pay out the nose. if mls makes a habit of capitulating to the big fish of world football the league will never rise above small fish status. where hoping to be a big fish may never be realistic for the league, they should never let anyone bully them on any matter. mls staked it's near-term future on david beckham, with the hopes that his presence could be THE impetus for the league gaining world-wide respect and legitimacy. and his performance in mls has proven him far more marketing machine than game-changing footballer, but his value to the league is symbolically and economically enormous, and far greater than it ever could be for milan, on the pitch or off. if mls lets him leave for anything less than 200% of market value (i.e. his value as a player), they'll be setting a dangerous precedent for any future interaction the league may have with the real players of world football. mls gets pushed around enough, by the american sports media (jim rome, etc.) it's time they stood up and showed some grit in the face of a formidable foe. mls, unique for it's idiosyncratic populism, must deal firmly with the aristocratic world of european football. 25 million euros or shut up, that's what garber should be telling milan. anything lesss would set the league back enormously, which any fan of american soccer should see is a tremendous blow to the sports' hopes of success, both economically and and on the playing field.

Posted by: 2_birds_1_stone | February 8, 2009 3:09 AM | Report abuse

So did anybody else see Jozy not make the reserves bench for Second Division Spanish-side Xerez, Szetela not play for Second Division Italian-side Brescia, or Freddy Adu not in the 18 for glad we send these guys abroad for a European vacation. If we were better at retaining our best talent, we'd have a better product on the field and wouldn't have to worry about importing and later selling the likes of Beckham.

Posted by: fcmuenchweiler | February 8, 2009 3:21 AM | Report abuse

Probably cuz Jozy was on a plane to Columbus...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 8, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Time to break out some serious boos for his next MLS games. Burn a few jersey's or effigies and let him know that treating MLS fans like s**t gets him treated the say way by fans.

Posted by: DCUinCT | February 8, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Eleventy Billion Dollars.



Posted by: jayrockers | February 8, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

A lot. I don't know what the market value is for players like this in Europe, but MLS really ought to get the maximum. 25 million maybe?

The other issue here is a clash of sports business cultures. I get the feeling that in Europe, if a player makes clear that they want to move on, a team generally tries to help them on their way.

While this does happen in other US sports from time to time, US sports team management is also willing to sit a disgruntled player on the bench, or even off the squad entirely. Great athletes usually decide it's better to put in an effort and play out the contract, then move on.

Posted by: CDRHoek | February 8, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Get rid of Beckham. I don't think Beckham and Arena will get along.

Posted by: galaxies42 | February 9, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

David Beckham, meet Manny Ramirez...should be easy since they both are "in" LA.

Much as I like to watch him perform on the pitch, antics like this leave me wondering if he is not as much of a clubhouse cancer as Manny or Terrell Owens. That doesn't bode well for team chemistry.

If I'm MLS, I'm asking for $20m transfer fee, a player to be loaned for two seasons (maybe two players for one season each), and two MLS All-Star Game appearances as the opposing team. Otherwise Beckham can stay put and invoke his buyout at the end of 2009.

(then once Becks leaves, can the Galaxy get their gold and green strip back??)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 9, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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