One name who was continuously linked with a switch to the Premier League was one time best player in the world Kaka. However the 30-year-old remained at Real Madrid after no club was willing to pay the £15.5 million asking price.
AC Milan supremo Adriano Galliani told Goal.com that the unrealistic transfer fee was the major factor in the Rossoneri missing out on a move for the Brazilian attacking midfielder.
Kaka was superb during his six year spell at the San Siro but things have gone stale after his switch to the Bernabeu in 2009 and that led to suggestions that he could make a popular return to the Italian giants.
However, Galliani has spoken out as to why the projected move failed to come to fruition.
“The story about Kaka is a closed chapter for me,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “Real Madrid wanted €18 million [£15.5m] – a figure that given his age and salary demands made a deal frankly unthinkable.”
While Madrid’s asking price does seem vast for a player who has suffered a number of injury problems in the last few year, €18m [£15.5m] would still represent a big loss on the €68m [£60m] that los Blancos paid for the Kaka in 2009.
Milan missed out on Kaka but captured Manchester City outcast Mario Balotelli for £19 million in an attempt to bolster their attack ahead of a European challenge.