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Aug 20, 2008

Chelsea to move for Kaka as Robinho bid falters?

Chelsea could be set to focus all their attentions on trying to land AC Milan star Kaka after Real Madrid emphatically slammed the door on the Stamford Bridge club's attempts to secure the services of Robinho.

The Blues have been courting 24-year-old Robinho since July when Chelsea appointed Luiz Felipe Scolari, but are now expected to accept defeat in their bid after the player's agent revealed that Real are refusing to discuss the possibility of a move.

Wagner Ribeiro told the Daily Star newspaper that representatives of the Real hierarchy failed to show for a planned meeting to discuss Robinho's desire to move to the Premier League and Chelsea leaving the deal dead in the water.

'The dream of Chelsea is broken because Real Madrid will not even negotiate. It is impossible to advance any conversation,' said Riberio. 'Next summer we will sort out the situation if people can show some sense.'

Robinho, who is under contract at the Bernabeu until 2010, is reported to be disappointed with Real's stonewall tactics as he had been excited about the possibility of a move the Premier League and the chance to work with fellow Brazilian Scolari.

Talks between Real and Chelsea are understood to have taken place earlier in the summer, but neither side could agree on a transfer fee. Real are believed to have rejected a bid in excess of £20million.

The possibility of luring 26-year-old Kaka from the San Siro now becomes a distinct possibility for Chelsea, the only stumbling block could be the Serie A club's £70million valuation of the playmaker.

Just as with Robinho, the possibility of linking-up with former Brazil coach Scolari could prove appealing to Kaka who has played 162 games for Milan scoring 54 goals for the club since his arrival in 2003.

The expense of acquiring Kaka which would almost certainly eclipse the current world transfer record of £46million set when Real Madrid bought Zinedine Zidane from Juventus in 2001.

However, Chelsea's billionaire owner Roman Abramovich could afford the deal and the club may view the signing as a marketing coup as they seek to establish the club as one of world football's most important brands.

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