British club makes 100 mn pounds bid for Milan’s Kaka

January 14th, 2009 - 12:46 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 14 (IANS) British football club Manchester City is in talks with Italy’s Inter Milan for the transfer of Brazilian star Kaka for a whopping 100 million pounds ($146 million).City, one of the low performing clubs in the country’s Premier League, is currently owned by one of the richest Arab Sheikhs in the world, Sheikh Mansour al-Nahyan, who recently made headlines by paying 32 million pounds to another Brazilian, Robinho, to come to City.

The 100 million pounds offer is by far the richest transfer amount ever, more than double the world’s current record of 48 million pounds that Real Madrid paid Juventus for France’s World Cup hero Zinedine Zidane in 2001.

City’s executive chairman Garry Cook and two representatives of Sheikh Mansour al-Nahyan are said to have tabled a bid plus an offer of 15 million pounds a season wages to entice Kaka.

Milan have not commented on the offer, but a report on the website of Mediaset, the media company owned by Milan proprietor and Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, reported that the offer “would be difficult for Milan to turn down”, according to The Independent.

Kaka, who was part of Brazil’s world cup-winning team in 2002, joined Milan in 2003 and won the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 2007.

Ever since the Sheikh’s takeover of City, the club has pursued a policy of hiring the big stars of the game, rather than go in for those in the lower brackets, in order to boost the club’s rankings.

Kaka’s transfer, it is rumoured, may help open the door to stars like Gianluigi Buffon, David Villa, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.

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