MANCHESTER United and Arsenal fans will miss out on seeing Kaka this coming season after the Real Madrid Galactico agreed a deal with Serie A giants AC Milan.
The 31-year-old last week revealed he wanted to leave the Bernabeu after four years – having joined from Milan for a reported 70million euros (£56million) in 2009 – and Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani moved quickly to persuade the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner to return to Serie A, beating the two british clubs and another unnamed Serie A team to the signature.
A statement published on Milan’s official website on Monday morning confirmed a two-year contract was in place for Kaka, who was preparing to fly to Italy at midday after Madrid sanctioned his departure.
A FORMER World Player of the Year, a Real Madrid ‘Galactico’ no less, who cost £56m last time he moved – could Kaka be the midfield menace that both Manchester United and Arsenal are angling for this transfer window?
With the imminent transfer of Spurs’ Gareth Bale to Real, and the news that Mesut Ozil is staying put, Brazilian attacker Kaka has made it clear he wants to leave Spain, and soon.
The news has put top clubs around Europe on alert, and despite the rumours that AC Milan is a likely destination, it’s clear that two of the Premiership’s big boys, Manchester United and Arsenal, could do with his services.
Since joining Old Trafford, David Moyes has been linked, albeit sometimes ridiculously, with a parade of talent – Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Marouane Fellaini, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, even Bale.
What is clear from these rumours is that Moyes is in the market for a midfielder.
And at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger recapturing Mathieu Flamini, while a solid piece of business, is not the sort of transfer activity that the fans crave after a similar summer of disappointment.
With Kaka out of favour, hankering for a move from Real Madrid, the player should be within both’s budget, and there’s time to do a deal – could the Premier League have a new star player in the coming days?
THAT sound you heard last night, that clicking sound, that was the sound of England clicking into place.
Now I know in my heart of hearts that we’re not going to win the World Cup in Brazil next summer, but last night England did go tantalisingly close to giving back a glimmer of hope to the nation’s fans.
Because not only did we beat Brazil, it wasn’t an undeserved result.
England, with close to a full strength first team that you could only imagine Roy adding one of two players to if he had an injury-free squad, outplayed Brazil, who may be under-par by their standards but should still be the match of any team on the international stage.
The goat-like figure of a frustrated Neymar and an impotant Ronaldinho unable to pull the strings contrasted to the English midfielders’ performances such as the bustling Jack Wilshere and quarterback Steven Gerrard.
We had pace and penetration, but also patience and probing play. Sure we wobbled at the back and let Fred in, but overall we played our way to victory over the 90 minutes.
So for now Rule Britannia, God Save the Queen, etc.
Until the next friendly, that is…
LEGENDARY Brazilian striker Ronaldo has secured his latest transfer – with a move to London to study advertising under the wing of WPP supremo Sir Martin Sorrell.
WPP confirmed the World Cup winner is to take a job placement at the group – the world’s biggest advertising and communications firm – and will work closely with chief executive Sir Martin to learn the tricks of the trade.
The pair have already worked together, with Ronaldo running sports marketing agency 9ine in Brazil for the past two years, which is a collaboration between the football hero and WPP.
BRAZIL’S Ronaldo, a footballing superstar oft-distinguished from Cristiano Ronaldo with the word ‘Fat’, is to take part in a weight-loss reality TV show.
The programme, Medid Certa, will be screened in his homeland, and show Ronaldo’s struggles to get fit over three months in order to take part in a charity match alongside former teammate Zinedine Zidane.
Ronaldo said: “Maybe if I didn’t have the pressure of everybody watching me trying to lose weight then I wouldn’t be able to do it.
“All I can say is that I will work hard, be persistent and not give up until I reach my recommended weight.”
But let’s hope that doesn’t happen, right – how would we tell them apart?
THE new mascot for the Brazil World Cup 2014 has been revealed.
But the three banded armadillo was revealed by footballing legend Ronaldo but is yet to be named – with a competition running to select between Amijubi, Fuleco and Zuzeco.
Although he doesn’t yet have a name, Goaltastic can reveal that the animal has a love of dancing, has a favourite food of cashew nuts, and celebrates scoring a goal with a special ‘armadillo roll’ celebration.
Ronaldo said: “I’m delighted to welcome such an important member to the 2014 team.
“The mascot will play a key ambassadorial role in the next two years. I’m sure he will inspire many young football fans in Brazil and all over the world with the great passion which he has for the sport and for his country.”
TAXI for Maicon! Manchester City have completed the signing of experienced Brazil full-back Maicon from Inter Milan.
The Barclays Premier League champions have announced that the 31-year-old has signed for an undisclosed fee on a permanent contract of unspecified length.
Maicon was one of five new faces manager Roberto Mancini was hoping to bring into his squad on transfer deadline day.
More interestingly, the move may be the catalyst for Micah Richards leaving for pastures new, with Newscastle rumoured to be interested in the England player.