Thursday, January 15, 2009

Kaká deal closer than you think

While Manchester City assistant manager Mark Bowen broke the internal directive to steer clear of commenting to the media regarding the Kaká deal when he noted to BBC Sport Wales that, “We believe the deal is very close” and “that it is very much a strong possibility that Kaka will be coming to Manchester City”, he didn’t go far enough is saying how close this deal is.

Mark Hughes, knowing he couldn’t avoid the topic, tap-danced around the issue and showed his most political side stating:

“Garry Cook and a number of other people went to Milan to get an understanding of the situation involving the player (Kaká), but to add any more substance to that would be wrong.”

It would be inaccurate to state that this “deal is done” but it is extremely close as with £100m on the line AC Milan’s owner Silvio Berlusconi’s business sense knows he would be a fool not to listen and after consideration is inclined to move on the cash windfall. However the brokering of individual deal for Kaká is the sticking point and will require not simply the top their top salary effort from the get-go but involve broader based issues off the pitch and significant interest from related parties in the deal.

Stay tuned for updates on the Kaká saga.