Premier League - Paper Round: £22m Kaka puts Europe on alert
Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan are among the clubs ready to move for Real Madrid’s Kaka, the Daily Mail and the Daily Star report.
The 29-year-old Brazilian, who arrived in 2009 in a £55m deal, has had a disappointing time in the Spanish capital, struggling with injuries at first and failing to hold down a regular first-team place at the Bernabeu since.
Jose Mourinho has reportedly decided that enough is enough, and is ready to cash in on the midfielder – albeit at just £22m – less than half of what he cost.
A Madrid source quoted in the Daily Mail said: “Kaka has always interested other clubs and Mourinho has decided that he has far better options in midfield so the best thing to do is to move him on.
"There has been no concrete offer but it is now known that the club would accept an offer in the region of £22m."
The paper makes Chelsea, who have long admired the Brazilian, strong contenders for Kaka’s signature, but The Sun meanwhile reports that big-spending PSG could be the more likely destination, with the French club’s wealthy owners having no problem financing the deal, and technical director keen on pairing him with David Beckham.
That move might explain why the Mail reports elsewhere that PSG’s long-term interest in QPR’s Moroccan midfielder Adel Taarabt is waning. The French side are thought to be put off by the £15m fee that Rangers are seeking.
Expect a long list of illustrious names to start being linked to Tottenham after manager Harry Redknapp stated that he wants Spurs to sign a top class player to step up their title challenge.
“If we're going to make a signing, let's make one big signing,” Redknapp is quoted as saying in The Sun. “That would send out a message. But it's difficult finding that player who would make a difference."
Players could be on their way out of White Hart Lane as Spurs search for said player – the Daily Mirror reports that midfield pair Niko Kranjcar and Steven Pienaar could both find themselves sold in January.
Stefan Savic could be heading out of Manchester City despite only arriving in the summer, according to the Mail. The young Montenegrin defender has reportedly grown frustrated with the lack of opportunities to play at Eastlands, and Sporting Lisbon are ready to step in with a loan deal.
Steve Kean and Blackburn battle on, with the Scot predicting the arrival of four new faces in the January window (Mail).
And finally, here’s a rumour from the summer that will be one to watch throughout the January window – the Mail claim that Wesley Sneijder could be on his way out of Internazionale as the Italian club look to raise funds to rebuild their team.