The Los Angeles Galaxy have rejected AC Milan's offer for David Beckham as they feel it's not adequate in financial terms. The Rossoneri will now have to respond with an increased offer if they are to land the Englishman.
The Italian giants are currently locked in talks with the MLS club as they try to find away of keeping Beckham beyond his loan deal. The player and Milan have always stated their desire to retain the status quo, but the deal is beginning to look complicated.
AEG, which owns the Galaxy, is looking for a better financial deal from the Italians, or they can forget about landing the midfielder on a permanent basis, according to chief executive Tim Leiweke. "We need to end the distractions, the circus and the zoo," Leiweke told the Los Angeles Times. "We just received an offer and it was rejected."
The Americans will not give up on retaining the Englishman. They still think he can be an important part of the squad, even though "Becks" clearly has his heart set on the Rossoneri.
"If David ultimately is an asset for this team, we want him back," Leiweke said. "If David has a hunger and a desire to come help us make the impact on the pitch that we wanted to make with him but haven't done yet, then he's an important member of this team. Our intention is to bring him back.
"Clearly, if David's in a position where he wants to finish the season in Milan, and Milan in turn compensates the Galaxy so that we can suffer no damages to our fans or to our team, then we'll take a look at it. But we have made it very clear to them that we expect David back here [on] March 9. They agree and understand we own the contract. They understand the only way we do this is if, when this is all said and done, the Galaxy benefits. If the Galaxy comes out better without David than with David, then we'll take a look at it."
The ball is now back in Milan's court. Vice president Adriano Galliani will have to dig deep and show the Galaxy the green in order to get the ball rolling again, but it will not be easy.
"We understand his [Beckham's] infatuation with playing with one of the world's most popular club teams right now, and we understand his trying to mentally get around the idea of coming back to play with a team that didn't make the playoffs in MLS last year," added Leiweke. "That said, David and us actually are talking. He has never forced our hand on anything. This is not a legal conversation and has never been a legal conversation. He does not have lawyers looking at the contract. David has made it very clear that if our decision is to bring him back here, he will return. Period."