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Rich bid for Kaka could keep David Beckham in Milan

January 15, 2009 | 12:16 pm

David Beckham Say, for the moment, that AC Milan was seriously interested in adding David Beckham to its permanent roster but wanted to do so without forking out any money.

Could that be possible?

Could the Rossoneri afford to buy out the remaining three years on Beckham’s Galaxy contract from AEG and pay him perhaps even more than the $6.5-million a year he is guaranteed in MLS?

All AC Milan has to do is say yes to Manchester City, which this week offered in excess of $150 million for Kaka. The 26-year-old Brazilian playmaker would receive 15% of the transfer fee (or $22.5 million) plus a weekly salary of $750,000.

Kaka’s response: “I am extremely happy here. I want to grow old at Milan. My aim is to become, at some point in the future, the captain of this team.”

Touching, but can he really turn down $39 million a year? It’s not Monopoly money. The cash source is Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, a man whose estimated worth is counted in the hundreds of billions.

Can AC Milan turn down $150 million or more for a single player?

More to the point, would AEG risk losing an instant profit of unknown millions by stopping Beckham from leaving?

Stay tuned.

-- Grahame L. Jones

Photo: AC Milan midfielder David Beckham prior to this Sunday's match against AS Roma. Credit: Vittorio Zunino / Getty Images