Ronaldinho to replace Becks?

December, 22, 2011
12/22/11
2:55
PM PT

Still no word on David Beckham's future, and we're not expecting anything definitive until next week, but that hasn't stopped the reports in the French media, which assumes the Galaxy midfielder has (or will) accept Paris Saint-Germain's 18-month, $18.7 million offer.

If that happens, might Ronaldinho take his place?

MLS-News, a French website that covers MLS, claims the Galaxy has revived its interest in the Brazilian superstar, who apparently wants top leave Flamengo for MLS.

Ronaldinho has been linked to the Galaxy for some time, and there were ample reports in Europe and Brazil that he was bound for L.A. before signing last January with the Rio de Janeiro-based club following stints at Paris-Saint Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan.

He would make close to $10 million a season, his French-based agent, Michael Wiesenfeld, told the website. “We've been in negotiations since this summer,” he said. “And they are intensifying.”

The Galaxy does not comment on prospective players.

Ronaldinho, according to Brazilian reports, hasn't been paid in months by the sports management agency Traffic, which is responsible for about 68 percent of his $627,000-a-month Flamengo salary. He has scored 21 goals in 52 matches for the club, all competitions.

Beckham's contract with the Galaxy expires Dec. 31, and although there are options in England and elsewhere, he figures to sign with PSG or re-sign with L.A.

French dailies Le Parisien and L'Equipe reported Wednesday that Beckham had reach an agreement with PSG -- “He Said Yes!” was Le Parisien's front-page headline -- with L'Equipe, an influential sports newspaper, claiming Beckham would sign in early January followed by a “star-dusted” celebration on the Champs d'Elysees and at the Hotel de Ville, Paris' city hall.

The English star's representatives called the reports “premature” speculation.

Reports in Europe claim PSG, which holds a three-point lead in France's top-tier Ligue 1, is dismissing head coach Antoine Kombouare to bring in Carlo Ancelotti, a former Italian national-teamer who has coached Juventus, AC Milan and, until he was fired last May, Chelsea. Ancelotti is one of the most respected coaches on the planet, and his hiring could boost the club's appeal in Beckham's considerations.

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