Manchester City, AC Milan juggle Kaka’s future

January 19th, 2009 - 9:19 pm ICT by IANS  

AC MilanRome, Jan 19 (DPA) A crucial week for the future of AC Milan star Kaka started Monday with the scheduled arrival in Italy of his father Bosco, who will act as his agent as Manchester City look to buy the Brazil player from the Milanese club for a world record fee.Rumours of a massive offer for the Brazilian began to circulate last week, ranging between 100 and 120 million euros ($133 to 160 million), which seemed to have an effect on Milan owner and Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and on his market managers.

Speculations on the contract offered by the English club to the 2007 FIFA world player and Ballon d’Or winner were also rampant and seemed to settle on the sum of 15 million euros per season - a mouthwatering raise from the 9 million euros he earns at Milan.

As commentators pondered the effects of Kaka’s departure on Milan, which would weaken the team but give the club plenty of cash for new players, the red-black fans were adamant on not letting Kaka go.

After staging a protest outside the club’s headquarters, the die-hard supporters late Saturday went to watch the Serie A game with Fiorentina carrying of banners against Berlusconi and vice president Adriano Galliani.

The two top officials were called “petty liars selling off Milan,” Galliani was invited to get himself to Manchester and Berlusconi labelled an Inter Milan fan.

The club owner last week signalled that Kaka’s departure was indeed possible when he said that “although nothing was decided, it is very hard to retain (a player) who is offered certain sums.”

Galliani was quoted in England as saying: “I am a fan like all the others, but I must also work to balance the accounts and connect the sentiments and reason. We couldn’t not think about this during the world crisis.”

City’s executive chairman Garry Cook and other club officials were due to land in Milan with a final offer Monday.

It remains unclear, though, if the 26-year-old will move to the Premier League club before the winter market closes at the end of January or at the end of the season.

Further complications to the affair could come from Spain’s Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants have been quiet so far, but have never denied to be keen on the Brazilian, who, in turn, has expressed sympathy for the Liga giants.

“Real are confident that their combination of history, glamour and success will prove a more appealing option for Kaka than the lucrative career-gamble on offer at Eastlands,” said England’s Daily Telegraph Monday.

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