This whole David Beckham move to AC Milan is gaining momentum faster than you can say Posh Spice. Last week it was simply for Goldenballs to train with the Serie A club over the winter to stay fit for England's next set of World Cup 2010 qualifiers next year. Now today multiple reports are surfacing that the move is becoming a full-on loan for the 33-year old midfielder.
Milan vice president Adriano Galliani sure makes it seem like its a done deal.
"Beckham wants to train and play for Milan," Galliani said. "We want him and he will arrive in January for the rest of the season. It's not just a shop window deal - it's a great deal. He will be available to Carlo Ancelotti for Serie A and the Uefa Cup.Football today is about full stadiums and sponsors and superstars like Beckham fill them up. With him, Kaka and Ronaldinho, it will be a dream team."
The move would seem to run from January until May when Serie A ends, meaning Beckham wouldn't rejoin the Los Angeles Galaxy until the MLS season is already underway. Also, it would mean he would basically play without a break until the 2009 MLS season ends in November.
For MLS this is a double-edged sword. On the one hand every time Beckham suits up for Milan there will be inevitable mentions of the league, for whatever that is worth these days. Missing a month of the season in April wouldn't be too bad either, but Beckham would likely take some sort of break before rejoining the Galaxy -- which will miss the upcoming 2008 playoffs.
The biggest downside would be the injury risk factor and the general wear-and-tear on this less than spring chicken body.
Again, the bigger question is why England and coach Fabio Capello seems so intent on keeping Beckham in the Three Lions set up. It's admirable that Beckham wants to keep going, but at some point someone has to tell him his time is up.
Whatever happens, Beckham -- as usual -- will sell a lot of replica shirts and make some money for all parties.