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Milan midfielder Kaka open to Chelsea move

AC Milan midfielder Kaka is reportedly willing to move to London if Chelsea can agree a deal for him.

According to reports, the Brazilian has been the subject of a €100m (£78m) bid from Luiz Felipe Scolari's new side and is said to be unsettled in Milan after being refused permission to play for Brazil at the Olympics.

Although the world footballer of the year has not requested a transfer, he has apparently told his personal assistant that he wants to play Champions League football and that he could be a Premier League player before the end of this month.

'I spoke with Kaká yesterday,' said Diogo Kotscho, the player's personal assistant to The Observer: 'We know that the clubs are talking about the transfer, although they have not reached a conclusion yet. I think an August transfer is still a possibility, though Kaká will only talk about that when they do a deal. He is waiting for a deal and then he will start to negotiate with Chelsea.

'Normally, Milan do not sell their best players. We think they like the proposal, but it is not so easy for them to accept it. For now we must just wait and see.'

Any deal for Kaka would increase the Portuguese-speaking core at the club, having already signed internationals Deco and Bosingwa this summer and the Blues have also made a bid of £19.7million for Real Madrid winger Robinho.

On Kaká, a Chelsea spokesman said: 'The club's position remains unchanged. Milan have said that the player is not for sale, so we are not in negotiations with them.'

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