AFP - AC Milan moved a step closer to a permanent purchase of loan-signing David Beckham after saying they would buy him outright if discussions with his advisors bore fruit, Sky Italia reported on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old former England captain, who signed a five-year contract with LA Galaxy in 2007, is on loan in Milan until early March but club chief executive Adriano Galliani said they were willing to buy him should they get the permission to do so.
Beckham scored his first goal for Carlo Ancelotti's team in a 4-1 victory at Bologna on Sunday.
"If Beckham comes to an agreement with Galaxy, we are ready to pay a figure. In the coming days we will meet his advisors," Galliani told Sky Italia.
"If Los Angeles Galaxy decide not to sell him, they won't sell him."
Ancelotti was more cautious however and emphasised it would firstly be down to the player to make absolutely sure about what he wanted to do in the next stage of his career.
"Milan is a serious club, a very serious club," Ancelotti said.
"There is no new agreement with David. The current agreement is the contract which allows him to stay with Milan until March 9.
"Then the decision is up to him and neither I nor the club want to get involved. I don't want to force anything regarding him.
"But I can only say that, despite the short time he has been available he has already understood what it means to be at Milan and what we all think of him.
"Obviously if he stays, we would all be delighted, but he has a contract and it will be he and only he who decides what he wants to do.
"Milan is doing nothing, other than taking advantage of the ability of a great sportsman.
"A player like Beckham can be useful to any team and that also means the England national team."