Galatasaray join race for Kaka
Galatasaray are the latest club to show an interest in out of favour Real Madrid playmaker Kaka and hope they can convince him to move to the Turkish Super Lig.
Spanish paper AS reported on Friday that the Istanbul side have joined AC Milan and Los Angeles Galaxy in the race to sign the Brazilian, who Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has said could leave this summer.
Galatasaray are prepared to pay half Kaka's annual salary of €9 million, with Madrid then paying the remainder, but that neither the player nor the club are interested in the idea.
"Our objective is to convince Kaka," club president Unal Aysal said. "He and (Nuri) Sahin are destined to leave Madrid this summer."
Milan remain at the head of the queue for their former player, with the Serie A side's vice-president Adriano Galliani to put a proposal to his boss Silvio Berlusconi this weekend. However, Kaka's salary demands are an issue for Milan, while Madrid are also holding out for a sizeable transfer fee for the player they signed in 2009 for €65 million.
If Galatasaray were to sign him, it would most likely be on loan while their pursuit of Turkish international midfielder Sahin is also likely to end in failure. The Premier League remains his most likely destination, with the player reportedly preferring a loan move to Arsenal, although Mourinho is in favour of him spending the season under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.