Paris Saint-Germain are set to challenge Arsenal in the race for Kaka’s signature once the helter-skelter of the January window begins.
The Brazilian star was reported to be close to a loan move towards the end of the summer, when Arsene Wenger was desperately trying to sign anything that would stand still long enough, but the deal could not be finalised in time. Now that Arsenal have some funds from the sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Wenger may seek a permanent deal.
However, money-bags PSG could attempt to hi-jack Wenger’s offer. The French club were taken over by the Qatar Investment Authority, and since then have splashed out on a few big signings.
These include Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore for around €42m, Kevin Gameiro at €11m with Jeremy Menez and Blaise Matuidi for €8m each.
According to Italian website tuttomercatoweb.com Kaka could now be allowed to leave Real Madrid as he has failed to find anything like the form he had at AC Milan.
Since signing for Los Blancos in 2009 Kaka has been dogged by injuries and has not fitted in under Jose Mourinho’s style of play. But he is renowned for making his decisions for footballing reasons (he infamously turned down a lucrative deal with Manchester City when they first started throwing fist-fulls of money around the world). Therefore his choice may come down to which manager, Wenger or Leonardo, can best sell their vision for the club.
In other tenuous Arsenal news, Wenger is reportedly interested in bringing Michael Owen to the Emirates in an 18-month deal, supposedly to revive his England career. It would be surprising, though, if Wenger signed a 31-year-old Englishman under any circumstances.
According to caughtoffside.com, Wenger will also look to sign Belgium international Jan Vertonghen. Liverpool are also in the running but it is thought Arsenal could have the edge due to Vertonghen’s friendship with defender Thomas Vermaelen.