After the AC Milan CEO conceded that the signing of Kaka is ‘almost impossible’, as Real Madrid have stressed that the Brazilian will only leave for the right price, it looks like the Premier League could be a realistic destination for the playmaker this season.
Here we look at the five possible desinations in the Premier League, where the former Ballon d’Or winner could get back to his best..
With Robin van Persie heading for the exit, Arsenal will need to make a big marquee signing to replace the Dutchman. Though Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla are solid signing, neither player can be considered top player in their position, whereas Kaka at his peak is completely unplayable. At an estimated €25m he is still expensive, but if Arsene Wenger can get the best out of him once again, Arsenal could prove they are ambitious to win silverware again.
The Blues have been long admirers of Kaka, and it’s rumoured that they attempted to sign him before Madrid did in the summer of 2009. Chelsea reportedly made a fresh attempt to bring him to London in the January this year, but the Brazilian’s agent said he would only make any potential transfer away from the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer. With Drogna now gone, the Blues are in need of extra goals, and at his best the Madrid man can score in double figures.
Should Andy Carroll move away from Anfield, it could be seen as a gift to Brendan Rodgers when trying to implement a new style that the former Newcastle United man looks incompatible with on paper. Liverpool’s American owners have already spent big money in the past, so €25m for a player of Kaka’s calibre looks a steal in comparison to the £35m paid on Carroll or £15m to be paid of Joe Allen. The Brazilian’s technical mastery and ability on the ball would raise Liverpool to a new level, particularly alongside Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks in bringing Kaka back to the San Siro is his high wage demands, and though it’s thought he may take a small pay cut to faciliate a move, if there’s one team in England that can afford to maintain his current salary it’s Manchester City. The Citizens came close to making Kaka their biggest marquee signing ever prior to his move to Real Madrid, and with him back on the market they could be tempted to make sure they finally get their man. If City can free up some space in their squad by offloading the likes of Edin Dzeko, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz, they may find there’s room for the Ballon d’Or winner.
Manchester United have been left behind in recent transfer windows, with a lack of marquee signings and more stars heading out than coming in. The arrival of Shinji Kagawa is a solid one, but the Red Devils are in desperate need of more quality to help take the pressure off Wayne Rooney and prevent him from carrying the team. With Michael Owen gone and Dimitar Berbatov not far behind him, plus a need of class in midfield, there’s plenty of room in United’s squad for the Brazilian, should the Old Trafford side want to show their true ambition by bringing him in.