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Milan's Offer? $3 Million

According to U.S. sources close to the situation, AC Milan's offer to the Galaxy/MLS for David Beckham was ... $3 million. That's it. Not $10 million, not $15 million. Can't blame MLS for turning it down. To put it in perspective, MLS received about $1.5 million from Reading for Bobby Convey in 2004.

Meantime, Beckham suffered a leg injury during AC Milan's 2-1 loss to Inter Milan at San Siro. Afterward, he said "there will be more talks this week between [AC Milan and MLS/Galaxy] and hopefully, as I've said before, they can come to an agreement."

Um, not likely this week.

The Commish Don Garber is on vacation, as is personnel director Todd Durbin. Galaxy/AEG boss Tim Leiweke is on vacation for part of the week.

It doesn't mean the sides won't communicate, but don't expect a resolution right away. Especially if Milan's offer remains a laughable figure.

By Steve Goff  |  February 15, 2009; 7:29 PM ET
Categories:  Beckham , Italy , MLS  
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Comments

Wow. What a joke.

Posted by: BKMD | February 15, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Seems like Milan said "Hey, we'll cover his salary for the rest of this year since he's planning on bolting MLS at the end of this season anyway."

Posted by: beach3 | February 15, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

That's an insult to the MLS. What a shame for Milan to have guts to offer that kind of money! Oh, and that's great now that he is injured when it is time to come back to MLS.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | February 15, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Unless Milan really, REALLY wanted him, they were probably going to play the waiting game, as they should.

Posted by: Section117 | February 15, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, Beckham can hardly be pleased to be priced at $3M.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 15, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Finally Goff! I knew you'd post something before the end of this weekend! I just knew it. Thanks.

"The Commish Don Garber is on vacation, as is personnel director Todd Durbin. Galaxy/AEG boss Tim Leiweke is on vacation for part of the week."

How convenient?! This is clearly a chess match. Not checkers.

Posted by: redskinsux | February 15, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha!! Beckham, I can't wait to see you back in LA to boo you! With all the money that fascist Berlusconi has, you'd think they'd make a serious offer.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | February 15, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Goff: "Tim Leiweke is on vacation for part of the week..."

Stephen, Tim Leiweke has been out on "vacation" for much longer than anybody thinks, certainly when it comes to knowing how to treat people (he doesn't). Why do you think Beckham and Donovan want out? To improve themselves? To avoid a losing situation? Probably, but there's far more to it than that. Leiweke and his ex-stooge, Lalas, have run the Galaxy into the ground. Moroever, Leiweke's enjoys applying intimidating pressure to get his way, throws people under the bus publicly and will never take responsibility for his mistakes. What kind of morale do you think the players have in the face of that nonsense? Beckham and Donovan are the only ones who have the wherewithal to improve the situation; if any of you were in their places, wouldn't you try to do the same thing?

Besides, who was the genius who negotiated the "option-to-buy" clause in the Galaxy's loan agreement? Was that Leiweke or the league, since the league owns all contracts?

Boy, the Galaxy, MLS and AEG really sabotaged themselves but good, here. There's no way any of the parties involved -- including Beckham and Milan -- will look good after all of this.

Posted by: JosephDHippolito | February 15, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Has Milan gone mad?! Only $3 Million?! They must've been born yesterday...seriously!

Posted by: bigwave | February 15, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, the last time I checked $3 million dollars was A LOT more than $0 dollars. Which is what the MLS will get if they dont deal now.
I can see why Milan came with a low ball offer. They get the wall steet journal, and they now that just about every buisness in America is cash strapped, including pro sports teams.

Posted by: jjfooty | February 15, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but the Galaxy can probably make more than $3 million off of Beckham's image next season. If they know its his last, they'll just hype the hell out of him. Beckham gets a cut of jersey sales, but he doesn't get it all.

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | February 15, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow--this is playing out to be the worst of all scenarios for the LAG:
--Beckham has publicly said he wants to leave LAG.
--If they sell now, they look like they caved after saying "no deal, it's over."
--Beckham comes back (hurt for now), will probably miss some of the LAG season for England matches. And having played high level soccer for a couple of months at his age also increases his chance of injury by the time August rolls around.
--Then Becks leaves at the end of the season and MLS gets nothing.

Posted by: JoeW1 | February 15, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I guess Becks' golden balls have turned to lead...that's some sick alchemy!

Posted by: bigwave | February 15, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Do AC Milan think we should be grateful for a $3 mil offer? That's probably Posh's monthly clothes allowance. Let David buy his own contract out. He made the 100 wealthiest footballer list. If he comes back now he will to like Gallardo and "languish" the entire season with his horrific injuries.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | February 15, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't get the people saying that MLS gets "nothing" if Beckham opts out at the end of the upcoming season. Umm, they get another season of selling out or coming closer to selling out away games when the Galaxy comes to town, another season of sales of Beckham merchandise, and another season of Beckham-related publicity. The math has been done in other threads here, but they'd get WAY more than $3 mil this coming season with all the money he'd bring in. So, yeah, the $3 mil offer is easy to turn down.

Posted by: Hokienautic | February 15, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Beckham wants to stay in Milan so badly, he might be willing to close the gap btwn. Milan and the Galaxy. One underlying question I have about this standoff is whether MLS wants to follow the model of most other U.S. professional leagues, where players are generally expected to honor to their contracts. In European football leagues, player contracts aren't worth the paper their printed on. I don't know if it's really come before now because MLS doesn't have many players coveted in Europe.

Posted by: hudson22 | February 15, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute... Here's a quote from the BBC article Goff links to: "Milan, who have had a £5m bid for the 33-year-old rejected, have so far failed to meet the Galaxy's valuation, which is reportedly in excess of £10m."

So the BBC seems to think that Milan bid at least 5 million pounds (US$7.17 million). Who is right? The BBC or Goff's "US source close to the situation"?

Posted by: WorldCup | February 15, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I still think $7 million isnt enough. Presumably they've done the math and he's worth at least $10-15 of the $25 million/year (and yeah i know that includes endorsements, etc.) he's getting, so that's what they are valuing him at. The only way MLS can lose is if they sell him cheap.

Posted by: Brian76 | February 15, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't remember ever seeing Beckham wanting to leave a club before. No doubt it's because he doesn't feel welcomed by his teammates at all. I recall a player (Vagenas??) making a sneering remark about his wages when he arrived and I'm sure it hasn't been better.

Now look at him in MIlan, he seems to be highly respected by some of the best players in the game. No since of insecurity from his teammates and such.

I think in the end he'll probably put in his own money to get out of LA.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | February 15, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

for those who say ppl will buy Beckham's jersey in MLS...who are you kidding? Nobody will buy a lame duck's jersey. Not worth shilling out that much if its gonna be obsolete in a few months. Anyhow, most of the ppl who would have bought his galaxy jersey probably already did. I don't seem him generating that much interest in MLS anymore. I think ppl will show up at the end of the season to see him play one last time, but aside that, not as much. Galaxy will be even worse if Donovan doesn't come back (He'd be wise to stay in Euro if he's getting good playing time). Becks will get heckled at every game (more than usual) because fans will think he's gonna turn his back on the league.

Posted by: doh1 | February 15, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Is Landon due back from Munich? He and Beckham didn't look like they liked each other very much. What fun LA is going to have for another season.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | February 15, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Goff or a report out of England? I take Goff every time. Looks like Becks will be back, because $3M won't cut it.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | February 15, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Freddy "Coach won't play me" Adu displayed more professionalism than David "I'm bringing my lawyers in on it" Beckham.

Posted by: notafembot | February 15, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Milan is either incredibly stupid and underestimates the savvy of American business, or they actually think Beckham is worth something South of $5M.

He might be surprised to find out they aren't willing to break the bank to get him.

Posted by: roadkit | February 15, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

And now for something completely different...

200 years after the birth of Charles Darwin the creationist goats of Guadalajara suffered a costly defeat as Carlos Darwin headed in a rebound for the clinching goal.

http://www.mediotiempo.com/fmf/primera/clausura_2009/galeria.php?id_partido=29736&idi=32

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | February 16, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Beckham is the last thing Milan need right now. Sounds like they themselves are aware of that.

Posted by: Wendell_Gee | February 16, 2009 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Realistically, in this economy, for AC Milan, yeah he's about a $4MM player (making the offer entirely legit). Milan doesn't need David Beckham to sell tickets, and they sure as hell don't need him on the right wing.

Posted by: kjm1971 | February 16, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

It is absolutely normal business in European Fottball to value a player less, the closer he gets to the end of his contract. Beckham can walk in a few months, why would Milan offer much more. They offered a low ball figure and expected a comeback, that's called negotiation. They don't expect to pay a lot when they get Beckham. The Galaxy will be saddled with a player who doesn't want to be there, who can claim injury and fail to play, while disrupting the rest of the squad who resent his money. galaxy should sell. I seem to remember them claiming they had already covered all his five years salary through tickets and merchandising. So add a few million on top and give it up.

Posted by: hertsred | February 16, 2009 3:20 AM | Report abuse

Hertsred - The Galaxy will make far more off Beckham playing in 2009 than they would selling him. Plus, Beckham can't mail it in in 2009 because he'll be risking his World Cup spot.

And someone remind me, how much did Fulham pay for Eddie Johnson?

Posted by: Wendell_Gee | February 16, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Interesting bit here about the medical staff at Milan, and their reputation for keeping older players fit. It seems they have have already had an impact on Becks, or so it implies.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/europe/7891941.stm

Posted by: JkR- | February 16, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

"Carlos Darwin headed in a rebound for the clinching goal"

I used to have a teammate on a club in NYC with an Argentine named Darwin. What's up with that? Did old Charlie stop at every port in South America on his HMS Beagle trip?

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | February 16, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Apologies for the above syntax. I have been writing for work all weekend and my language skills are exhausted.

Posted by: Mastodon_Juan | February 16, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm too sexy for Milan
too sexy for Milan
New York and Japan

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 16, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Totally off subject, but does anyone know if DCU is changing their jerseys at all this year? I wanna buy one, but I might wait til new ones come out if they are changing anything.

Posted by: SadieV | February 16, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

What will Milan give us for Fenty? To paraphrase Henny Youngman -- "Take our mayor, please." Lets just sell the whole Galaxy team overseas along with the TV/movie rights to "Dream [Nightmare] Team." The show could also be called "Lalas in LaLa land." But that could mean even more drivel from him in front of a microphone. No thanks.

MR Caretaker.

Posted by: postgolb | February 16, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

kjm1971:

They don't need him on the right wing, but they do apparently need him on the right side of their 3 man midfield (since he's been first choice from the moment he became available for selection).

***

As has been mentioned, MLS will make more keeping him for 2009 than selling him for $3 million now. I can't remember if it was Garber or Leiweke, but one of them had the most telling quote of these negotiations: "They're looking at this in football terms, and we're looking at this in football and business terms". A $3 million offer for a player that can and will walk away for free at the end of the season is a good deal if you're thinking purely in soccer terms. LA, obviously, is not just thinking of on-field issues here (and really, Milan is pretty ignorant if they ever thought MLS's approach to negotiations would be purely about on-field value).

The other major issue here is the idea that Beckham will come back and mope for the season rather than play well. I think that idea is false, because Capello has shown that he's willing to pick Beckham playing in MLS. I don't recall Capello selecting a squad for England that left Beckham out for reasons other than injury. However, if Beckham begins playing poorly (which, however understandable it would be, would be very unprofessional), Capello would have no problem leaving him out. Beckham knows this, having been Capello's player with Real Madrid and England. He knows that, since he's in MLS, he can't afford to leave any doubt in Capello's mind.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | February 16, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm too sexy for Milan
too sexy for Milan
New York and Japan

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | February 16, 2009 9:11 AM

...but the Rossoneri want Beckham, not Fred.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | February 16, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"...Plus, Beckham can't mail it in in 2009 because he'll be risking his World Cup spot."


Very good point. Seems he's obliged to play well, even if he's extremely disappointed to be playing with LAG this season

Posted by: carmines757 | February 16, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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