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50-50: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Champions League 13 hours ago
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Aug 12, 2008

Money talks

If Kaka is staying with AC Milan, as the Brazilian playmaker has today claimed is his intention, does that mean that money doesn't talk? Important though Kaka undeniably is to the Rossoneri, is the club really able to say no when an offer of £80million is made for one of their players?

Chelsea are thought to be ready to part with a world-record fee to acquire the services of Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite - Kaka to you and me.

It is an incredible sum of money and the sort of cash that could go a long way to rebuilding or bolstering an ageing team. While Milan still count Paolo Maldini (40), Pippo Inzaghi (35), Alessandro Nesta (32) and Clarence Seedorf (32) as valuable squad members, the chance to replace them with fresher legs must surely be appealing.

In February, Kaka signed a new contract tying him to Milan until 2013. It was a mutually beneficial agreement. While Kaka received an improved pay deal and the security of knowing where he would be for the foreseeable future, Milan protected the value of their most attractive asset.

With the Brazilian tied to the red and black half of the San Siro for another five years, Milan were safe in the knowledge that if a club ever had the chutzpah to bid for Kaka they could demand a fee that fully represented his value, and then some.

The fact is that AC Milan will have a price in mind for Kaka and probably would be prepared to risk the wrath of their dejected fans by selling the Brazilian. The only question is how much will it take?

The newspapers, of course, have had a lot of fun guessing what the magic number might be; in the UK the fee ranges from £70million to £100million, while in Italy it has been suggested that Milan are holding out for as much as £120million.

With the world transfer record of £46million set in 2001 when Real Madrid bought Zinedine Zidane from Juventus, it seems certain that if Kaka does move, Zizou's record will be smashed.

That Kaka has said he is happy with his lot can only be good news for Milan. They don't need to sell him, but could cash in big time if they do, and by stating his current contentment Kaka can only bump-up his price.

It is interesting to speculate as to just how happy the player is, after all from the start of the new season he will have to play alongside Ronaldinho, a man he does not get on with either on or off the pitch.

Ronaldinho's party lifestyle has never sat well with devout Christian Kaka, and the two have frustrated when in partnership for the Brazilian national team.

Is it such a leap of imagination to posit that Kaka, having won almost everything possible in the game, is ready for a new challenge? Perhaps a reunion with Luiz Felipe Scolari, the man he won the World Cup under in 2002, could be just the ticket.

The acquisition of Deco would be enough for most clubs, but not Chelsea it seems. Not content with landing the mercurial Portuguese, and lining-up a deal for Robinho, Chelsea are also thought to be intent on signing Kaka.

It would be a sensational trio of transfers, and could just be what Roman Abramovich needs to rekindle his interest in his multi-multi million pound plaything.

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