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Guess Who’s Beck

by | 13th, June 2003

‘AFTER a mercifully brief interlude, during which England played and won a match without him, David Beckham returns to his rightful place on the back pages of the papers this morning.

”Cricket is the new rock ‘n’ roll”

Not that any of the papers are any the wiser as to where the England skipper will be playing next season – except that they all agree it won’t be in Manchester.

The Express insists that Beckham will go to Barcelona if neither of his first-choice clubs – AC Milan and Real Madrid – can reach an agreement with the Old Trafford board.

The Mirror says Beckham’s advisers asked Real 15 questions in a secret meeting, such as whether he would be a first-team regular and whether he could wear the No.7 shirt.

”Another meeting is planned for June 23,” the paper says, ”when Real are expected to table a formal offer for the player who has become an outcast at Old Trafford.”

The Sun claims that AC Milan are so keen to sign Beckham that they have offered Andrei Shevchenko £1m to give up his No.7 shirt.

All well and good, but if neither Milan or Madrid do come in for Beckham, he had better hope that Joan Laporta wins the race to become Barcelona president on Sunday.

His rival, Llius Bassat, certainly doesn’t seem too keen on splashing out £30m on the 28-year-old.

”Our club is in the crap financially,” he said, ”and starting to rebuild with Beckham would put us in the shit.”

With the Mail warning that England’s potentially decisive Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey could be played behind closed doors after crowd violence at the Turks’ game against Macedonia, you have to delve inside the paper before you can find any genuine action.

And we find that Tom Watson rolled back the years to lead at the end of the first round of golf’s US Open, Greg Rusedski lost a tennis match and Atomic Kitten will play at one of cricket’s Twenty20 matches.

Jenny Frost apparently is a useful medium pace bowler and No.7 batsman.

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