Losing Kaka would not be a disaster for Milan

January 14, 2009

Any club would hate to lose a player with Kaka’s mesmerising skills, but if AC Milan do ever decide to cash in on the Brazilian it could be a great opportunity to revamp their squad.

Milan have confirmed that chief executive Adriano Galliani met Manchester City officials to talk about Kaka “out of courtesy”.

Media reports have speculated City, the richest club in the world, bid 100 million euros or more for the 26-year-old.

Milan have fought off sustained interest from Real Madrid in the past while reports said Chelsea offered an amount just less than City last year.

Club owner Silvio Berlusconi has added a note of caution this time, though, saying: “I hope he is not for sale.”

A smaller club would bite City’s hands off if such a sum was offered but Milan would not be forced to sell simply for financial reasons.

That said, the Rossoneri need reinforcements in defence after only finishing fifth in Serie A last season and missing out on a Champions League spot.

They could buy five world class players with 100 million euros.

The on-loan arrival of David Beckham and the purchase of Ronaldinho in the close season, from under the noses of City, show Milan can still attract the best despite recent struggles.

In any case, Milan do have a free, ready made replacement for Kaka. France’s Yoann Gourcuff is on loan at Bordeaux from the San Siro and has been in sparkling form.

    DARTING RUNS

The 22-year-old scored a stupendous goal in the 4-0 win over Paris Saint Germain at the weekend.

Gourcuff never really got a look in at Milan because of Kaka but the door remains open for a player who will surely improve.

“He is an excellent player,” Galliani said. “There will definitely be space for him at Milan.”

Another reason Milan might be tempted to sell Kaka is the fact that he has not been as effective this year as last.

He won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA world player in 2007 but lost both titles to Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008.

Injuries dogged Kaka last year and he struggled for consistency, producing his famed darting runs only now and then.

Judging when players are past their peak is always difficult, and at 26 he should be reaching his prime, but big clubs have sold their best players before and prospered.

Manchester United are a good example. Alex Ferguson had no qualms about selling Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Beckham.

Kaka has not fallen out with Milan. He has said he is committed to the club as long as they have the same goals as he has. It would be a lot easier for Milan to sell if there was tension with the player.

Perhaps Milan will leave it up to Kaka himself, who would have to decide whether choosing City, a club in the bottom half of the Premier League with little history of winning trophies in England nevermind Europe, would be too much of a big gamble.

Milan, Champions League winners in 2007, have a track record of success while City are not guaranteed to prosper despite their vast wealth

PHOTO: AC Milan’s Kaka reacts after missing a chance during the Serie A match against Catania at the San Siro, Dec. 7, 2008. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

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I think Milan would be crazy not to accept the offer, if it really is for 100 million euros or so. That’s the new defence they’ve been dreaming of.
Whether Kaka will come is another matter, of course…

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

The trouble is it’d be a shame to see someone of Kaka’s ilk go to a dump like Manchester just for money.

And the boy from Brazil often, if not always, wears a t-shirt under his team strip saying “I belong to Jesus.” Acceptable in Italy and Brazil, but in protestant England??

Somehow I don’t think he’ll be turning in his bed with excitement tonight at the thought of such a move.

Posted by Harvey | Report as abusive

it’s up to Kaka and he’s show that he’s not interested in Man City. I think that Kaka won’t do a silly thing like Robinho, to waste his time in Man City just for more money.

Posted by kidnap23 | Report as abusive

Why should Milan sell Kaka? Berlusconi and AC Milan have enough millions to buy a new defence without selling Kaka. But they don’t buy the right players! They bought Senderos – yeah he is good – but he hasn’t the level Milan needs.

Milan have just to look at the right player – there are enough young boys with big potential like Subotic in Dortmund, Raul Albiol or Compper in Hoffenheim.

But Kaka wont be a heavy lose for milan – they have enough creative footballers who can make the game – Pirlo, Ronaldinho, Pato – and maybe next season Gourcuff.

Posted by Zambrotta | Report as abusive

As an AC Milan fan, I understand that Milan is a ‘family’, players are looked after like their own, given roles within the club at retirement, the fitness centre is among the best in the world. Its whats so appealing about the club. Kaka is a talisman for the club.

Kaka has said recently that the introduction of Ronaldinho means he has his creative space stifled somewhat,so he may feel a bigger challenge lies elsewhere, but I certainly hope not. Look what happened to Shevchenko? Surely Kaka will have learnt that the Premiership isn’t suitable to his play.

Ricky Kaka would be stupid to go to Manchester City, a club without any established recent credential or true winning pedigree.

Posted by David Snape | Report as abusive

whatever, the problem is in the cap can be resolved. my suggestion is that the blu need more players like Kaka of A/M.

the greatest mistake the owner of chelsea can make now at this crucial time is to turn is back on the blues. he should allow transfer. thank you

Posted by Eleta Paul | Report as abusive

The disaster would be for Kaka to go to a club like Manchester City at the age of 26. No matter how “rich” the club is, it is still a third-rate club with no hope of winning anything soon.

It is ridiculous to think that one of the world’s top players will come to man City to fight relegation rather than go to clubs where he can actually aspire to win titles.
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Posted by Vincent | Report as abusive

This is rediculous…first off Man. City are built around their new “captain” Robinho. Why would a player with the skill-set of Kaka move to a low grade team with zero potential. The defense is fixed! Mattioni, Agger, and Thiago Silva were just picked up! Now with youth and strength in the back, as well as speed…who will ever be able to stop Pirlo, Flamini, and Gattuso in the Mid…and Pato, Kaka, and Ronaldinho up front….Don’t go Ricky!!

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive

With the money involved, this deal will most likely go through but I dont think Soccer is heading in the right direction. Money will spoil this game also.

Or maybe Kaka decides to stay letting everyone know that money is not everything. NAH!!! Money IS everything!!!