Brazilian playmaker Kaka has signed for Real Madrid from AC Milan in a £56 million deal, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.
The report flies in the face of several earlier statements from the player that he would not leave Milan, claiming that newly-installed Real president Florentino Perez reportedly sealed the deal with Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani and Bosco Leite, Kaka’s father and agent.
Just before the report was aired Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi had hinted at 27-year-old Kaka’s departure, citing the figures involved.
“I do not know if we can keep Kaka at Milan because they (Real) have offered him so much money,” Berlusconi said .
The radio report claimed that Kaka, currently in Brazil with the national team ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay, will sign up for five years and a salary worth £7.7m a year – or £150,000 a week.
Kaka’s spokesman Diogo Kotscho denied an agreement had been reached, however.
“Kaka will listen to Real and decide whether or not to make the transfer,” he said. “What I can say for certain is that the Spaniards and Milan have not reached any agreement.”
And a further complication was added when a subsequent report claimed that Carlo Ancelotti was about to step in to stop the transfer and instead bring Kaka with him to Chelsea.