AC Milan star Kaka is open to the prospect of joining Manchester City if the club can achieve their initial target of Champions League qualification, according to his representative.
The Brazilian, widely acknowledged to be the world's best player, has been the subject of interest from Chelsea this summer; but with City's new-found wealth, the club could easily compete in a bidding war.
Milan may be willing to sanction a 100m euros transfer in a year's time and City's new owners the Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG), have already made it clear that they want to start recruiting the world's top talent.
''Kaká would prefer a club like Chelsea, Real Madrid or Milan, but we never know,'' Kaká's representative Diogo Kotscho told The Observer.
''This season Manchester City do not have a team to win the Champions League.
''Maybe next season they can get into that competition - they have the prospects to be good enough. What they need to have is a big project to win the Premier League and the Champions League.
''It's not just about Kaká, they will only get the very best players if they attain this level. It was the same with Chelsea a few years ago - they had to prove themselves too.
''I think Manchester City are headed in the right direction, but they have big work to do.
''It's no easy thing to reach the same level as the biggest clubs in the world, and it's not just about money - you have to spend it properly and build a great team. In two or three years they can be there if they do the right things.''