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Football - Beckham move?: Becks out to 5-4 to stay with United.

Byline: Mark Langdon

THE David Beckham transfer saga was clouded in uncertainty last night, but it seems increasingly likely that the England skipper has played his last game for Manchester

United, writes Mark Langdon.

Ladbrokes have shunted Beckham out to 5-4 from 1-2 to be at Old Trafford on the opening day of next season, with Milan the latest club to be linked with Golden Balls.

The News of the World

yesterday reported Beckham had been negotiating with the Champions League winners for the past two months. He is 4-1 to join Milan.

Real Madrid have been slashed from 4-1 to 7-4 by the Magic Sign, although the Spanish side were also said

to be interested in signing Ronaldinho, supposedly Beckham's replacement at United.

"Yes, we want Ronaldinho," a source told Marca, a paper which is traditionally close to the Bernabeu outfit.

"He is a player perfectly suited to the qualities we are looking for. He has quality and no-one doubts he could hold over the fans."

Lluis Bassat, the frontrunner in the Barcelona presidential race, has criticised rival Joan Laporta's bid to sign Beckham, saying the Catalan club, who are 7-1 to sign Becks before next season, cannot

afford his enormous wages and transfer fee.

He said: "We were offered Beckham, but I said that I would not talk about players before the elections took place. Mr Laporta needs to explain how he is going to manage to do all that he has promised."

Ladbrokes - Where will D Beckham start next season? 5-4 Man Utd, 7-4 Real Madrid, 4

Milan, 8 Barcelona, 12 Inter, 16 Juventus.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 9, 2003
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