Brazilian midfielder Kaka may be on the move this January, and Major League Soccer’s L.A. Galaxy are the reported destination.
The 30-year-old has appeared in 13 matches for Real Madrid this season, starting just six times. He's scored two goals and recorded five assists in all competitions. According to The Sun, Kaka wants out of Santiago Bernabeu, with Los Angeles being an ideal landing spot.
The news comes on the heels of AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke’s comments in a story published by Sports Illustrated on Nov. 30, saying he would like to see Kaka in Los Angeles.
Kaka addressed the rumors Tuesday after making a rare start in Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Ajax.
“I have nothing at the moment,” said Kaka, according to ESPN. “I keep doing my work to remain at Madrid. Then, we can see what happens and what the club wants. It is not a comfortable situation for the club or me...I will go if I have an agreement with the club.”
The Galaxy are losing world superstar David Beckham, and while Kaka may not have the same global reach as Beckham, he could make as big a splash in MLS as Thierry Henry made when he joined the New York Red Bulls.
Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has been mum about the club’s efforts to snag the international superstar.
This is not the first time reports have leaked about the Bernabeu’s interest in moving Kaka. During the summer transfer session, Madrid allegedly offered Kaka to Manchester United to make way for Luka Modric.
Known for his tremendous passing ability, Kaka has made 71 appearances and scored 29 goals since joining Madrid in 2009 from AC Milan for a then-record £56 million.
Kaka's valuation ranges between £10 million and £16 million. While many would consider that a hefty price tag, Arena said cost may not be an issue for Leiweke and AEG owner Phil Anschutz.
“We can afford whatever, Tim Leiweke and Phil Anschutz say we can afford, " Arena said to LAGalaxy.com. "Those kinds of decisions really go up the ladder and each situation as it comes our way is evaluated. We have had literally, over the four years I’ve been here, discussions over a couple dozen players and the financial impact that it has on our business.
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