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Jan 15, 2009

Kaka's father holds key to City megadeal

Manchester City continue their pursuit of Kaka after the player's spokesperson admitted it was "not impossible" a £100million deal could still be done for the AC Milan superstar.

The Blues are said to be prepared to pay the 26-year-old former world footballer of the year a staggering £500,000 a week to join the Eastlands revolution, with AC Milan netting a world record £100million transfer fee.

Kaka gave an interview on Wednesday to the TV station of AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi, MediaSet, stating he remains committed to the San Siro outfit and is purely interested in helping them regain their former status as Champions League winners.

However, City, encouraged by some other signals made by those surrounding the deal, remain highly confident a transfer will be brokered at some point this month. Kaka seems ready to hear proposals City's proposals, a fact acknowledged by his spokesperson Diogo Kotscho while reports suggest Kaka's father may have talks with City executive chairman Garry Cook to discover the club's precise intentions.

Kaka's father Bosco Leite is believed to hold the key to any deal. Kotscho hinted further negotiations are almost certain, while at the same time stressing Kaka's commitment to AC Milan.

"If Milan agree and give us authorisation to talk with them, we would speak to Manchester City," Kotscho told BBC Radio Five Live.

"It is a great proposal. It is near £100million.

"It is not impossible (that Kaka could sign for City). But for us it is not only about money, we don't need only money. We have to have a good project and a winning project. It can be a project for the long term (to be) a top team in the world."

A City delegation that flew out of Italy on Tuesday night feeling negotiations with Milan had gone well, building on contacts that were initially made well over a month ago.

Kia Joorabchian, the man behind the Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano deals among others, has been used as an intermediary and is likely to be involved further given his extensive network of South American contacts, should talks progress.

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