Galaxy owner slams Beckham offer
L.A. Galaxy owner tells Italian paper team isn't close to deal for David Beckham
AC Milan's bid to buy English superstar's rights reportedly was as low as $3 million
Galaxy are reportedly holding out for a fee closer to $10 million to $15 million
AC Milan is still confident of securing a permanent deal for England international David Beckham, but Los Angeles Galaxy chief executive Tim Leiweke has issued a stark warning to the Italian club in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Are we close to reaching an agreement with Milan? Not really," he openly admitted. "Milan put a ridiculous offer on the table two weeks ago and I turned it down within seconds. With that amount of money, the Galaxy would not even cover the losses in the sale of his shirts. No one came to us after that and there are no meetings scheduled."
Milan reportedly offered $3 million to the Major League Soccer club, which is reportedly holding out for at least $10 million and perhaps as much as $15 million.
"After that ridiculous bid, we have not heard from Milan," Leiweke said. "They contacted other people, including the MLS commissioner and Beckham's representatives, but they did not call us. We are still the owners of his contract.
"This is a big mistake and they do not understand that fans are threatening to give up their season tickets, sponsors will be asking for compensation, opposition teams would like to know if the Galaxy will play with or without Beckham.
"If Milan really wants him, why are they dragging things out? Do they think we will settle for less money? They are wrong. I have read that [director Umberto] Gandini will arrive over the next few days. I have a great rapport with him, but what's important is that they will make us a real offer."