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I went to McDonalds today for my morning coffee and sitting down with the local newspaper was hoping to read about the world’s biggest derby happening this weekend. Instead, I was greeted with news on, ‘Beckham won’t be staying in Milan’ as L.A. Galaxy president Tim Leiweke closes transfer talks.

The article release was of course a knee-jerk reaction on the part of a North American daily lacking in European football expertise, and relying instead on wire services for page fill, when a derby story line would have been more entertaining. Susy Campanale of Channel4 Football Italia had the better angle on all of this with her ‘Going Beck-wards’ story, as Becks and company will have their focus on tomorrow’s Derby della Madonnina.

Galaxy handlers have to settle down and wait it out until after the Milan derby for the serious offers to come through as this story ain’t over by a longshot. It does Major League Soccer and L.A. Galaxy no good in attempting to force a settlement right now.

When an offer does come through for consideration, Beckham will probably have to give up some of his own bobbles to make it happen. It’s clear AC Milan won’t pay the Galaxy their total asking price during this financial crisis, as both parties take a hard line with the, “it’s business only” approach and that is reasonable. Contrary to earlier comments made by Beckham as he expressed, his desire to stay at Milan, this will not be left up to clubs nor to lawyers but to David Beckham. If Beckham wants to make this move complete ultimately he will have to help make the financial settlement which will enable that final transition away from the Galaxy.

How troubling is all this to Diavolo fans?

How troubling is all this to Diavolo fans who are now warming to the Englishman and more importantly, how troubling to his new teammates? It was after all, only days prior the club was dealing with reports of a mythical offer by Manchester City, for their star playmaker and favorite son Kaka. That bit of reporting might just have disrupted some very important domestic league matches with all the attention creating unwanted tension in the dressing room. Now, this weekend, there are even higher stakes to consider as the Milan city derby takes center stage. It is highly unlikely Kaka will play due to injury so Beckham becomes even more important to a Milan lineup short of options in the midfield.

Onto the Derby

Inter versus Milan is one of the biggest games in European football. I’ve been looking forward to this and what else Serie A will have to offer in the coming month. With 85,000 cheering tifosi at the San Siro the Milan derby has a unique atmosphere found in only a few other venues.

When Inter and AC Milan meet tomorrow it will be the 270th encounter between the two city rivals a long way from that first encounter of 1908. Over the years there has been a repeated struggle for dominance by one club over the other yet overall head to head results are still split fairly equally with the slightest of advantage to AC Milan with a record of 106 wins, 72 draws and 91 loses to Internazionale.

This time round Inter manager Jose Mourinho and crew are looking for satifaction after losing the season opener 0-1 to a Ronaldinho finish. During that contest Inter defenders Burdisso and Materazzi would both receive red cards before the final whistle.

At the moment the Nerazzurri look to be the stronger side atop Serie A yet much is at stake in this year’s final derby as the race for the scudetto could hinge on tomorrow’s outcome. The current leaders have a 7 point advantage over second place Juventus but with their city rivals only a point behind Juventus, another loss to AC Milan would be like losing 6 points.

Don’t miss any of the action of the Derby della Madonnina starting Sunday February 15th at 2:30 pm EST

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