Kaka could be on his way back to Sao Paulo this summer with reports in Italy and Brazil claiming the AC Milan midfielder wants to return home.
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The 32-year-old is currently spending his summer holidays in Brazil, but the chances of him returning to Milan later on this month appear to be reducing.
With the Rossoneri failing to qualify for the 2014-15 Champions League, the former Real Madrid player has the option to terminate his contract and walk away from the Serie A club. He has until June 30 to decide.
Should he release himself from the final year of his contract in Italy, Sao Paulo would be delighted to welcome him back, subject to an agreement over his wages.
"He's a fantastic player, but it's very difficult because the financial aspect counts a lot," said Sao Paulo coach Muricy Ramalho to ESPN Brasil. "Clubs here are in [financial] difficulty and that's weighing us down.
"But we have seen many times in football that impossible things do actually happen, so maybe that will also happen with Kaka."
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Kaka favours a return to Brazil to be closer to his family.
He played four seasons for Sao Paulo between 1999 and 2003, scoring 47 goals in 125 appearances before moving to Milan for the first time.
"I would love to have Kaka back," said Sao Paulo's president Carlos Miguel Aidar is quoted as saying by Terra. "He fits in Sao Paulo like a glove. He plays well and scores goals, but we know we can't compete with the Arabs or the Chinese."
If money proves not to be the issue, however, Sao Paulo have a good chance of enticing the Brazilian playmaker back, if only on a temporary basis until March when he could move to Major League Soccer franchise Orlando City.
"Kaka is currently considering his future," said one of the player's spokesmen, Diogo Kotscho, to calciomercato.com. "He will make up his mind soon. Orlando City from March 2015 is also a possibility. Riccardo has not yet decided whether he will leave Milan. He's still considering everything."