Beckham's return to AC Milan is 'practically 100% certain,' Galliani says
The seemingly interminable saga of David Beckham's return on loan to AC Milan edged one step closer to reality today when Adriano Galliani, the Italian team's chief executive, said an agreement with the Galaxy had been reached.
"A great player will arrive," Galliani told the Sky Italia television network. "His first name is David. His last name is Beckham. It's practically 100% certain. What's missing is the signatures, but there is total agreement."
Beckham spent six months on loan to the Serie A club after the end of the 2008 Major League Soccer season and wants to repeat the arrangement in order to stay in the running for a place on England's 2010 World Cup team.
The English midfielder would stay with the Galaxy through the MLS playoffs, which begin Thursday and end with the MLS Cup in Seattle on Nov. 22. He likely would join AC Milan in January.
The Galaxy and its owner, AEG, had no immediate comment today on Galliani's remarks.
-- Grahame L. Jones
Photo: David Beckham controls the ball during a match with AC Milan in March. Credit: Giuseppe / AFP/Getty Images