United have previously been linked with the playmaker heavily and after AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani admitted his club would not consider taking Kaka back to Serie A, it’s a great opportunity for David Moyes to go after an awesome player.
Kaka is nowhere near first choice at Real Madrid and while Jose Mourinho has just left, his status in the squad is unlikely to change regardless of who comes in as the new boss.
Kaka made just 12 starts in La Liga last season and featured as a sub four times in the Champions League as Jose Mourinho couldn't find a way to regularly work him into his system.
“Kaká is already 31 years old. He will not return to Milan,” Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.
He could jump at the chance to go and play in the midfield at Old Trafford where he’s likely to enjoy the same sort of profile and exposure that he had during his Milan days and when he first signed for the Spanish club.
His age would be a slight concern to David Moyes and the club, but it certainly wouldn’t cause them to dismiss the chance to sign him in the same way as the Milan official.
United need to hope that other clubs who would subsequently be interested in him take the same sort of stance because that would leave United as possibly the highest calibre side left in the race to try and poach him.
United can still offer Kaka a place in the side, which will utilise his versatility in various attacking roles; he could play as a straight up creative midfielder or in the hole behind Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney.
There were possible suggestions last season that United would consider trying to sign Frank Lampard of Chelsea.
The significance of that rumour relates well to this issue because Lampard is three-years older than Kaka.
Add to that the fact that United have shown such great faith to older players in their squad; Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs to name just two and the age issue doesn’t even become a factor.
The fact the original rumours appeared during the Sir Alex Ferguson era shouldn’t really be an issue because United will still be strong contenders domestically and in Europe next year.
If the option is there to go after him then United should take a look at it because they could still benefit from three or four years of quality from a player who cost Real Madrid well over the £56 million mark back in his peak years.
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