Roma sets sights on Landon Donovan?
AS Roma's new American owner has budgeted about 10 million euros -- $14.226 million -- to purchase Galaxy captain Landon Donovan from Major League Soccer, the Boston Globe reported, citing a source close to Thomas DiBenedetto.
The source said Donovan's $2.3 million salary would be matched by the Italian Serie A club, which DiBenedetto purchased last month.
Richard Motzkin, Donovan's agent, tweeted Wednesday: "Appreciate the interest, but why would @landondonovan leave MLS for the same salary?"
Roma also has contacted representatives for Aston Villa midfielder Michael Bradley, the son of Manhattan Beach-based U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley, the newspaper reported.
Roma is set to name former club star Walter Sabatini as sporting director -- something akin to general manager -- and he is leading the charge to sign the U.S. stars, according to the Globe.
In other Galaxy news, David Beckham could miss next week's clash with the Houston Dynamo at Home Depot Center so he can attend another event back in England.
Gary Neville, a former Manchester United star and one of Beckham's closest friends, has asked Beckham to play in his testimonial match -- a "farewell" game given to big stars and club favorites -- next Tuesday against Juventus at Old Trafford.
The Galaxy plays Wednesday night against the Dynamo.
"I am in contact with David," Neville told the Daily Mirror. "It is looking positive, but we still have a couple of things to sort out."
Scott French covers soccer for ESPNLosAngeles.com.