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The Road to Redemption may lead back to Milan for Kaka

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When news broke earlier this week that Kaka was not travelling with the rest of the Real Madrid squad to Oviedo for the club’s first pre-season encounter, it was seen as a green light for the Brazilian to look for a move away from the Bernabeu.

Kaka’s frustration at not starting more games for Los Blancos in recent seasons has led the former FIFA World Player of the Year to think seriously about where he wants to be playing next season. This coupled with the ongoing transfer saga of Luka Modric – who would be another player ahead of Kaka in the pecking order of Jose Mourinho’s team should he arrive, has meant it now looks certain Kaka will be heading for the exit this summer.

The 30-year-ol will have no shortage of potential suitors should he leave the Spanish champions, with both  the New York Red Bulls and Milan said to be interested in signing Kaka. Neither side could match his current wages at Madrid but the Brazilian has stated in the past that he would fancy playing in the MLS at some stage in his career. Also a trip back to Milan where he arguably spent his best years as a player is sure to be tempting for the midfielder.

Of course from a football perspective, a move to the San Siro would be the right move if Kaka wants to continue his illustrious career and potentially add to his list of silverware. If the Brazilian lowered his salary expectations then a move to Milan could well happen. The Rossoneri are not short of cash after the sale of Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG so they could well afford the asking price, which is yet to be stipulated.

When Kaka moved to Real Madrid in 2009 for a fee of €65 million it was the second highest transfer fee in history – second only to that of Zinedine Zidane who Madrid had paid Juventus €75 million for. It was a move that could have elevated Kaka to even new heights and should have cemented his place as one of the best players of all time.

Few would have argued that Kaka was set to be a modern great if his career at Milan was anything to go by. However, Kaka’s time in La Liga has been largely frustrating –  with the player only ever showing glimpses of the skill and talent he displayed while in Italy. At times he has seemed to float past defenders as if they weren’t there, but he didn’t seem to do it with as much regularity as he did with Milan.

At 30-years-old, Kaka’s best days may well be behind him; however, that does not mean to say that he could not fit in comfortably with any league in the world. The new trend of some of Europe’s legendary players seeing out their careers in America is something that most will hope Kaka is not tempted to do. At least not yet.

A move back to the club where Kaka made his name would surely be the ideal scenario for both the player, and fans alike.

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