Bouncing Brazilian: The Galaxy will have two holes to fill in midfield next season if the dual reports of both David Beckham and Juninho, seen here playing in Indonesia in one of his last times in a LA jersey, moving on are accurate. Which begs the question, which is the bigger loss? (AP Photo).
And this time both reports seem to have a degree of finality to them and a distinct lack of rumors (*see update at bottom of post).
Here’s the David Beckham piece from the Associated Press:
PARIS (AP) — David Beckham is set to sign an 18-month deal with French club Paris Saint-Germain, according to the local news media.
After months of negotiations, Beckham will sign his contract with PSG in the beginning of
January according to French daily L’Equipe.
The 36-year-old former England captain would earn 800,000 euros ($1.05 million) per month, French daily Le Parisien claimed.
If agreed, the deal would end Beckham’s time in Major League Soccer, having led the
Galaxy to the title in the season just past. He still has ambitions of playing for Britain in
the Olympics in London next year.
Backed by wealthy Qatari investors, PSG has spent more than 85 million euros ($111 million) this summer to sign nine players.
*Juninho, according to Brazilian reports, has agreed a three-year contract extension with Sao Paulo, who had loaned him to the Galaxy.
Here’s the Google translation from Globo Esporte’s original piece in Portuguese:
At just 22 years, the steering wheel worked two seasons in the United States, and in 2011, was one of the main parts of the team of David Beckham to win the Major League Soccer, the main soccer tournament in the country. He served as a starter 33 times and scored four goals.
This is not the first time the board of St. Paul lends a young athlete to gain experience at another club and then reuses the main cast. With Hernanes, now in Lazio-ITA, the policy adopted was the same.
Despite the new opportunity, Juninho will not have it easy in 2012. Currently, the Sao Paulo against with Carlinhos Paraiba, Denilson, Jean Casimir, Wellington and Caio Rodrigo in the position of the wheel. Not to mention the former Cruzeiro Fabricio, who hit with the club in 2012.
*Finally, former Galaxy midfielder Andreas Herzog has joined Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team training staff.
Can’t we get this over with already?
By the way, I thought this was a good piece by Soccer America that puts in context exactly why PSG is prepared to give Beckham so much money. Hint: it ain’t for playing soccer.