A 'time share' deal on Beckham?
Italian Serie A heavyweight AC Milan and the Los Angeles Galaxy could be about to reach an unprecedented and unique agreement involving iconic English midfielder David Beckham.
Beckham's future has to be decided by Monday, and negotiations are continuing in an attempt to tie him to Milan past the March 10 deadline.
British media outlet Sky Sports has stated that, due to Beckham's desire to remain in Milan, together with the club's interest in securing a permanent move for the player -- who has taken the Italian league by storm -- a "unique agreement" will be discussed this week that will see the Italian and and American teams effectively "share" the 33-year-old.
Sky Sports indicates the agreement will see Beckham stay with Milan for the rest of the Serie A season. He will then return to the Galaxy to compete for the remainder of the MLS season before moving back to Italy for what could be the final transfer of his long and illustrious career.
The move will be a new deal in world soccer and is already being dubbed a "time share" agreement.
One further option for Milan is to buy Beckham outright. However, some sources believe that the Rossoneri will have trouble financing the deal as the L.A. Galaxy are unlikely to settle for anything less than $25 million.
The Galaxy's stance on the matter remains the same as it has been since day one. They are still adamant that if Milan will not meet the asking price, Beckham will return to Los Angeles on March 10.