David Beckham's permanent move from Los Angeles Galaxy to AC Milan could finally be confirmed by the end of next week with the Italian club revealing they are edging closer to a deal.
The 33-year-old, officially on loan at the San Siro until March 9, is desperate to remain in European football after a successful spell in Serie A.
Despite Major League Soccer claiming a deal had to be agreed by last Friday talks have continued with a delegation from Milan flying out to the United States to thrash out a deal. And it now seems as though the two clubs are moving towards an agreement.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani told Gazzetta dello Sport: "In the past few hours we have taken steps forward. We are more confident now.
"I am not optimistic nor pessimistic.
"Can the deal be completed next week? We shall see."
Milan are said to have offered £5m with Galaxy demanding a fee in the region of £12m. It was reported on Wednesday that Milan would offer the England international a contract until at lease the summer of 2010 as the player bids to feature in a fourth World Cup finals.