Kaka ‘absolutely rejected’ an £88m move to Man City in 2009, claims his agent

Scott Polacek Manchester City FC

Kaka’s agent has revealed the Brazilian ‘absolutely rejected’ a sensational 100m euro (£88m) move to Manchester City in 2009 – and claimed a major reason for joining AC Milan was his star sign.

In an extraordinary interview with Milannews in Italy, Gaetano Paolillo also added that the Milan legend could have ended up at fierce rivals Inter.

Kaka played for Milan for six years, joining from Sao Paulo in 2003 and winning the Champions League and Serie A. But at first, it was hard for Paolillo to bring chief executive Adriano Galliani to the negotiating table as Milan had Rivaldo and Rui Costa in their ranks.

Kaka rejected a move to Manchester City in 2009 when AC Milan had cash struggles

Kaka rejected a move to Manchester City in 2009 when AC Milan had cash struggles

Kaka enjoyed six strong years at Milan, winning the Champions League and one Serie A title

Kaka enjoyed six strong years at Milan, winning the Champions League and one Serie A title

But before joining Milan, Kaka could have ended up at their fierce rivals Inter Milan

But before joining Milan, Kaka could have ended up at their fierce rivals Inter Milan

‘I even offered him to Inter at one point, but Hector Cuper didn’t know what to do with Kaka in a 4-4-2 formation,’ Paolillo said. ‘Nobody else was really interested, which I found incredible.

‘In the end, (Milan lawyer Leonardo) Cantamessa even did Kaka’s astrological chart and said we had to sign him, because the stars were shining on this player. After sporting director Ariedo Braida was won over, we got Galliani on board.’

After six sensational years at the San Siro, Milan had to accept a potential departure for their star man to balance the books off of the pitch.

Manchester City, looking to recruit a landmark signing to signal their ambition to become a major European heavyweight, but Kaka was not interested in a move to the Premier League. 

Instead, that summer, Milan sold him to Real Madrid. 

Kaka's move to Milan from Sao Paulo in 2003 was helped by his star sign, says his agent

Kaka’s move to Milan from Sao Paulo in 2003 was helped by his star sign, says his agent

Six years later, Kaka was sold by Milan to Real Madrid but he didn't want to leave Italy

Six years later, Kaka was sold by Milan to Real Madrid but he didn’t want to leave Italy

‘If it was up to Milan, they would’ve accepted the €100m (£88m) offer from Manchester City, but Kaka absolutely refused to move,’ continued Paolillo.

‘Every year, Real Madrid would ask if Kaka was available, but Milan had always considered him off the market and he wanted to stay too. That was the plan, anyway.

‘After his last game with Milan in Florence in 2009, he left for international duty and only took a rucksack. He said we’d meet back at the Malpensa Airport in a month, but Milan sold Ricky (Kaka’s nickname) to Real Madrid when he was in Brazil.

‘He never wanted to leave, and the money he earned at Real Madrid wasn’t the issue. He was loved by the fans and more than happy at Milan, but the club put him on the market and at that point Real Madrid was a good option. It wasn’t Galliani’s call either, he loved Ricky.’

 

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