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Why would Milan sell Kaka now and not in January?
AC Milan’s PR machine has ground to a halt in recent weeks but it may have to leap into action shortly to explain to fans why they have sold Kaka for a good deal less than they could have in January.
Reports say a world record deal, worth between 65 and 80 million euros, has been agreed with Real Madrid but Chelsea have not been counted out yet.
Milan have admitted money is tighter than it has been and it looks like they have decided to cash in on a player who is not quite as good as when he won world player of the year in 2007.
In January, Manchester City left Milan with their tails between their legs after failing to agree a 100 million euro plus transfer for the Brazilian playmaker.
Rossoneri fans were overjoyed when Kaka stayed but the club, who finished third in Serie A, have not gained anything by keeping him for just five extra months.
Instead they have lost maybe 40 million euros and will be selling him to a main European rival rather than City, where it could all have gone pearshaped for him and he might have ended up back at the San Siro on the cheap.
Carlo Ancelotti’s departure for Chelsea was messy. The Milan coach was constantly forced to deny something which everyone knew was going to happen.
It would have been much better for everyone if an announcement had been made a few months ago and Ancelotti would have enjoyed his final weeks at the San Siro rather than having to dodge questions until the end of the season.
Milan have not dealt with the Kaka saga well either.
A statement on Tuesday said chief executive Adriano Galliani was solely in Madrid to celebrate Florentino Perez’s election. He had earlier told reporters he was at the seaside in Italy when he really was in Spain.
Soon after Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi let the cat out of the bag by saying they would struggle to keep Kaka because he had been offered so much money.
Having lost Ancelotti, the retiring Paolo Maldini and now possibly Kaka, it’s been a very tough week for Milan, who have only brought in novice coach Leonardo and joked at his unveiling that it was because he was cheap.
If reports that Chelsea are close to Andrea Pirlo are true, the San Siro could have quite a few empty seats next season.
PHOTO: Kaka’s last Milan apearance? The Brazilian is challenged by Fiorentina’s Manuel Pasqual (R) during their Serie A match in Florence, May 31, 2009. REUTERS/Marco Bucco