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Report: Galaxy want $22 million for Beckham

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When AC Milan opened its talks with the Los Angeles Galaxy over David Beckham, its opening $10 bid was seen as not nearly enough by some fans. Apaprently the Galaxy agree.

The Daily Mirror is now reporting that the Galaxy is asking for $22 million (£15 million) for Beckham.

Wow.

So the sides are $12 million apart and we stand exactly one month before the official end of Beckham's loan to Milan.

Just how quickly these talks develop could hinge on how Beckham does this week, with big games against Spain with England and Inter Milan with AC Milan.

What do you think of the Galaxy's asking price? Way too high? A good counter? Do you see the Galaxy selling for $15 million and an AC Milan friendly?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. @Posted by: Mikeype | February 09, 2009 at 06:30 AM

    what exactly are you basing that on? The only person who I have ever heard say he has a clause that says he can walk in November is Nick Webster and he even admitted that his source was someone who probably didn’t have access to the contract to take a look at it. It’s speculative.

    Aside from that, he will generate $20 million in revenue this season alone in shirts, tickets etc. If MLS takes $10M now then they lose out on $10M they would have gotten had he stayed, if they say ‘no way’ and the mystery clause does exist then they still get the $20M from this season and he is off. It doesn’t make sense to let him walk ‘no matter what price.’

    This simply isn’t one of those situations since his off field revenues generated are through the roof.

    It seems a forgone conclusion that he will leave though for some price. It’ll be interesting to see what happens if he has more games like the howler he had this past weekend because if he leaves MLS, he ain’t never coming back.

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  2. Maybe MLS could step in and offer Beckham plus part ownership of a team in St Louis to Milan for $50M. I mean $22M should buy you half an MLS franchise.

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  3. Sounds like a little ‘shoot for the stars and land on the moon’ situation. Get offered $7, ask for $22 when you really want about $15. Either way my prediction of no more than $10 is out of the water now!! Good for MLS, not just bowing before the big bad European clubs and asking for the same ridiculous prices they do. haha

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  4. what does it say about mls that many are advocating we get some of their youth prospects to help compensate? i realize their kids are raw and talented, but if they can really step in and fill the shoes of a starting mls role, how does that figure for our league’s current profile and success?

    also, though i agree with the tactics in negotiation and valuation, etc… mls is really hurting itself by scaring off european suitors for its talent by hoarding the contracts of players. those should be controlled by clubs, not the league, as it would allow players to feel more secure in their decision making and future prospects. note the high profile prospects that didn’t accept the draft as they preferred to start their careers abroad and thus have a little more control over their european destinies.

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  5. If what they say is true about his contract and if Milan is still interested come the fall, he will be just walking away and the Galaxy get nothing. I think it is a good move on their part to ask for more. They can see if Milan is willing to pay more, but they need to get rid of him. They will be a better tieam for it.

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  6. Once again, for everybody whining that $10 million was enough, do you really value Beckham as worth less than HALF of Craig Bellamy?

    Bellamy was valued at more than $20 million in the January transfer window.

    Come on, people.

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  7. Is this $22 million just to finish out this season and then come back to the Galaxy next year, or is this a complete sale? Because if it is a complete sale they better not ask for anything less than $40 million.

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  8. I hope they pay the 22 million, and then he gets injured, and Milan is filled with woes. I hate that team. Who cares how many titles they have won. The are just like Madrid, very dispicable. I dont mean to wish injury on any player, but I hate Milan. Let them suffer what we had to the first year Becks was in the MLS. Let them pay millions, and then look at him get older and older on the bench.

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  9. truth is simple!! Beclham really does not want to play for ya cuz frankly the galaxy sucks n he tired losin.. That’s the truth n we all know.. Stop beating around the bush la fans… Maybe if ya were just a little better he would come back.. But ya made him look bad whilehe was in la… Of course he don’t wanna stay!

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  10. I see the Galaxy making a hash out of this, getting a disgruntled player, a poor team, and no fees at the end. That’s the galaxy I know.

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  11. Take the money and be done with him. He’s done enough damage to the Galaxy. We had much more success without him and the crap that follows him.

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  12. Good stuff by the Galaxy… Milan and Beckham have been doing all the talking, so let them run their mouths… They talked the talk not let them walk the walk… I personally want to see just how much cash Beckham is will have to shell out of his pocket to stay at Milan…

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  13. Although $22 mil is fairly reasonable, I think they’ll come down a bit…but $15 mil will prob the minimum that this will go through for…

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  14. Good for them. I usually side with a player who wants to go somewhere else, but I view this case differently.

    If Beckham wants to become a disloyal jerk off for the first time in his career (even though I undersand his side, AC Milan the Galaxy are not), the Galaxy should be able to collect. F Milan for thinking they can muscle our league into coughing him up, they have two choices: pay up or shut up.

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  15. This is just what The Daily Mirror is reporting, this is not from Lieweke’s lips. I’m guessing the number is going to be higher.

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  16. The Galaxy need to save face and they’re doing just that. Milan thought they could just push them around. As much as I don’t want to see Becks go, I’m glad the Galaxy are looking respectable and it has nothing to do with Alexi Lalas. He’s the who totally f’ed this whole thing up.

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  17. The galaxy should sell him for $15 mil, take profits for 1 year of a percentage of merchandise sales, and 2 loans of ac milan players for the next 3 years. Oh, and try to get Beasley without giving him a dp spot.

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  18. galaxy know that beckham brings in at least 22 million to the league yearly. So, it is not unreasonable to ask for his value he brings to the league. If milan wants him for that, they can have him. If not, we get all the money he will make for the league. nothing ridiculous about it.

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  19. Everyone keeps claiming that he can leave for free in 9 months. Really, you know that as a fact? Have you seen his contract? No? Ok then, give me a link to where you got your information stating that becuase I would love to read it. Otherwise, stop talking like he can just walk out for free, becuase I seriously doubt there would be that big a hole in his contract. Guaranteed there are stipulations to it.

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  20. Good for the Galaxy!

    Maybe if Becks had put in a little more effort to ‘build the game’ here like he promised I’d have built up a little empathy. But sitting courtisde at the Lakers and showing a fraction of the effort that he has when playing for England and MEElan haven’t doen it for me. So Becks put your money where your mouth is and pitch in the difference.

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  21. Opt out clauses don’t necessarily mean a player can leave for free… This is a huge misconception and was only in place just in case the cba agreements spelled a strike or a lock out, hopefully the players aren’t that stupid but thats what it was for, with how AEG is working I’m pretty sure Becks would have to buy his last year to leave.

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  22. i would argue that becks is at least worth that much, if not more to the Galaxy as a product, not just a player. think about all the revenue they are set to miss out on … milan have to make it worth their while …

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  23. The guy can leave for free in 9 months. $10 was about right….sure they’ll probably squeeze another $2-3m but not much more….nor should they.

    The merch sales, and tickets sales alone don’t even come close to paying his wages…the TV deals and sponsorship are liekly already in place and nailed down.

    LA/MLS/AEG could stand to save $5m+ then add in the transfer fee, which brings the opportunity to abotu $15m either way.

    It’s the #1 rule in football not to keep a player who is unhappy. Selling him before he can leave for free is #2….AEG/MLS need to not blow this or it will blow up in their faces.

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  24. MLS needs to be firm here. $22 million sounds a lot, but it’s more like £11+ million. For perspective, Craig Bellamy went from West Ham to Manchester City for a reported £14 million.

    How can anybody say that David Beckham at age 34 and in the form he has shown is worth less than Craig Bellamy? Seriously, somebody.

    If MLS can get upwards of $20 million for Becks, that is nothing but a positive sign for MLS and the DP rule. Without a doubt the Galaxy will have made lots of money from having Beckham as a player and from selling him. With that precedent, MLS teams could buy younger DPs and then sell them on, showing the the league can make money and the players can still play.

    It’s win-win for everybody.

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  25. Is this a virtually unanimous agreement amongst comments that MLS did the right thing? Wow. Don’t think I’ve ever seen that on SBI before.. Btw, I agree. 😉

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