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The £25M Modern Day Legend That Has Mancini & Abramovich Locking Horns

Coming into the Tavern is like visiting an old friend, people come and go but you will generally find the same faces mingling.

Much like with transfer rumours, some are quickly resolved whilst others some hang around and wont leave and just annoy you until last orders.  Well this story came and went but there was always the impression that it was never really dead in the water.

After struggling in the melting pot that is the Real Madrid squad it has appeared that the cultured Brazilian Kaka may be ready to consider other options, two of which are big spending Manchester City and Chelsea who have both tried signing the former World Player Of The Year previously.  In a recent twist however it seems that Roberto Mancini may seek to gain the upper hand by using the criminally underused (by City) Emmanuel Adebayor to seal the deal.

Kaka began life in Sao Paulo with whom he made his debut at 20, and he soon lit up the Brazilian league, after a short stint there he made the inevitable move to Europe and signed for AC Milan costing just over £7million.  During his time in Milan he won numerous titles including the Champions League and Serie A.

Soon after the takeover of Manchester City by the Abu Dhabi United Group, the Eastlands club failed in a bid to sign the Brazilian after club executive Gary Cook famously claimed that Milan had ‘bottled it’, although more recent reports suggest that Cook’s arch rival Kia Joorabchian had tried to involve himself in the deal and that was the reason for the club ending their pursuit of the player.  He instead signed for Real Madrid even though he had earlier claimed he would never leave Milan, got to love footballers loyalty!

The move to Madrid cost the Spanish side an impressive £60million.  Sadly for club and player his time in Madrid has been marred by injuries and loss of form, probably brought about by extended spells out of the team, the longest being an 8 month absence with a knee injury that recently came to an end.

With Jose Mourinho strengthening the squad last Summer with even more attacking talent, Kaka will have to impress greatly now that he has returned from injury, to cement himself back in the first team.  It appears that they may be ready to sell the player, and probably at a loss with them having doubts over his future fitness and performance levels.

Should Real sell the 28 year old, Chelsea and Manchester City will be the sides leading the race for his signature.  It was reported in January that Roman Abramovich was putting together a deal worth £25million to sign the player, but this never came through.  It is thought that City would offer money plus Adebayor (currently on loan at Madrid) as their offer, and this would probably be the more desirable option for the selling club.

The player however may have different feelings, if Carlo Ancelotti were to keep his job at Stamford Bridge linking up with his old boss could really appeal to the Brazilian, and you can see him forming an excellent partnership with Fernando Torres as Chelsea continue to reshape their forward line.  The financial offer from City though has the potential to be greater, and that may also play a factor in his decision making.

Either way the only sure fire thing is that if Kaka were to move to one of the two clubs, it would only be to the one that made the Champions League, so if ever it were needed there’s one more reason for each of the sides to secure a place in the top four this season!

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