Serie A heavyweights Milan and Los Angeles Galaxy could be about to reach an unprecedented and unique agreement involving the iconic English midfielder David Beckham.
Beckham's future has to be decided by Monday, and negotiations are continuing in an attempt to tie him to Milan past the March 10 deadline.
British media outlet Sky Sports have stated that, due to Beckham's desire to remain in Milan, together with the calcio club's interest in securing a permanent move for the player - who has taken the Italian league by storm - a "unique agreement" will be discussed this week that will see Milanese and Los Angeles outfits effectively "share" the 33-year-old.
Sky Sports indicate that the unique agreement will see Beckham stay with Milan for the rest of the Serie A season. He will then return to the Galaxy to compete for the remainder of the MLS season before moving back to Italy for what could be the final transfer of his long and illustrious career.
The move will be a new deal in world football and is already being dubbed a "time share" agreement.
One further option for Milan is to buy Beckham outright. However, some sources believe that the Rossoneri will have trouble financing the deal as LA Galaxy are unlikely to settle for anything less than €11.2 million (£10m).
The Galaxy's stance on the matter remains the same as it has done since day one. They are still adamant that Beckham will honour the initial agreement and will return State-side on March 10.
In addition, reports in Italy echo the voices coming from England as Sky Sport Italia claim the Englishman will remain at San Siro until the end of term. Sources close to the club have told the Italian sports news channel that a deal will be agreed within the next few days.
Alan Dawson, Goal.com